There is hands down nothing better for cooking just about everything than a well-made cast iron skillet. A vintage Griswald is a gem, if you can find one. Until recent years, there hasn't been a working foundry casting skillets of that quality. Well, now there is and we've found them. Smithey Ironware in Charleston, SC has resurrected the old commitment to a solid skillet.
A Smithey’s surface is glassy smooth, similar to vintage cast iron cookware manufactured over 100 years ago. No corner cutting at Smithey, so you won’t find the granular, rough, sandpaper-like surface you may have experienced with other modern cast iron. By hand and machine, Smithey has reinvented a method of polishing your cookware so that you enjoy a natural non-stick surface out-of-the-box. A Smithey’s surface is not only a delight to cook on, it is a handsome addition to your range. A touch of oil & over easy fried eggs are graceful again.
Every kitchen should own a good cast iron skillet. Food gets a better sear and hold it's juice. Little oil is required to keep food from sticking. This skillet is a full 2" deep so you can add a good quantity of ingredients to make a stew or a thick cornbread.
The newest additions to the Smithy family are the gorgeous hand-forged carbon steel pieces inspired by Americana Blacksmith design of the 18th and 19th Centuries. These are designed in collaboration with Charleston artisan blacksmith Robert Thomas. Each piece has hand hammered handles with a texture designed for easy gripping. They have a beautiful pre-seasoned finish, like the signature finish of the cast iron piece. The performance of the carbon steel pieces rival cast iron and are lighter weight.
Another new addition to the Smithey portfolio is the 12” Flat Top Griddle. This piece is a great stovetop (or campfire) griddle and also a lid for the 12” skillet.
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