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A good cast iron skillet is a wonder to a skillet. You can use it to sear a steak on the stovetop and finish it in the oven overnight, then again to make pancakes for breakfast the next morning. But as versatile as a cast iron skillet can be, the cleanup involved may make you want to leave it in the cupboard.
To buy: Lodge 12-inch Tempered Glass Lid, $22 (originally $30) at amazon.com
Lodge, the brand best known for its quality cast iron cookware and Dutch ovens, offers a range of glass lids ranging from 8 to 15 inches. Lids are useful when you have chili simmering and you don’t want too much liquid escaping, or you want to give the pierogi a quick steam before crisping their edges. Oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the tempered glass is designed to be shatterproof and most importantly the silicone knob and glass lid are also dishwasher safe.
This lid has transformed the kitchen of thousands of Amazon shoppers, as evidenced by the more than 9,300 five-star ratings on the product page. Fans of the cast iron pan lid appreciate that they have a literal window to see how a dish comes together.
“For years I used a piece of aluminum foil as a lid on all my pans and [lost]heat every time I checked what I couldn’t see. This glass lid made my life easier,” wrote one reviewer. “I can watch the fried egg white and remove it before the yolk cooks. I can see the cooking action of Mexican rice or fideo and know when it’s still moist on top but crispy on the bottom. And grilled cheese is perfect because cheese can actually melt under a lid.”
But it’s also the small details – the shape and design of the lid – that are often referenced in reviews.
“Excellent design as you would expect from Lodge,” another user wrote. “The rim slopes slightly inward, which helps trap moisture when lifting the lid, preventing it from dripping into food unless desired. Solid construction and well balanced. When placed on its upside down side on the counter, it automatically corrects itself to rest on the rubber grip, preventing the hot rim from potentially marking any heat-sensitive counter surface.”
The popular Lodge Lid will accomplish a few things: Keep the oil in your cast iron skillet and off your stovetop. Save cleaning time since you can put it in the dishwasher when you’re done cooking. Bend over and find even more uses for your cast iron skillet. Shop the Lodge Tempered Glass Lid on Amazon now while it’s on sale for 27% off.