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Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Greg


Old Mountain Cast Iron: Skip It

When you’re looking for cookware, you have lots of possibilities these days. There are more brands and materials than ever, with non-stick surfaces and unusual styles and colors. But if you’re looking for old school, solid, hefty cookware, you can’t go wrong with cast iron. It isn’t perfect for everyone- it’s heavy and doesn’t clean as easily as much cookware, and isn’t as pretty as copper. But that’s part of the point, and a good part of the charm. It stays warm, and heats evenly, and is very sturdy.

Cast iron cookware is also one type that we actually manufacture in the United States, thanks to Lodge. We’ve tried out lots of their products before, but today wanted to turn to another producer, Old Mountain. Despite the name, it appears that the production is in China, but we still wanted to give it a fair shake. And they have a long line of classic items, from skillets to dutch ovens. We tried the Old Mountain Two Quart Sauce Pan w/ Lid, which is helpfully pre-seasoned.

The long handle is nicely textured and offers plenty of space to grab without getting too close to the flame, and there is a nice lip for pouring- perfect for soups, like chili. The heft was there, and the lid fit nicely and tightly. But the pan seemed to be a little uneven while heating though, and a bit thinner than some other similar pots we’ve seen.  Plus, the lid’s knob wasn’t part of the lid, as with most cast iron cookware- instead it was screwed on, a sign of cheapness.

On one hand, it’s a decent pan, especially for $34. On the other hand, you can get a Lodge Cast Iron pan for not much more, and they make enameled versions that are prettier, in a variety of colors.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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