Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set Review

Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set

  • Comes with a 10 inch, 7.825 inch and 6.25 inch, skillets
  • Cast iron materials provide better heat retention for more even cooking.
  • Factory Pre-seasoning more durable than home seasoning.
The preseasoned skillets enhance the flavors of the food you're cooking, whether it's peach cobbler or bacon. Includes a 6.25" skillet, 7.825"skillet and 10" skillet Universal is one of the oldest names in the cast iron and housewares business. Universal was established in 1842, we originally started with our cast iron food and meat choppers. 15 years ago Universal decided that their next natural decision was to add pre-seasoned cast iron cookware to our already well

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Lodge Silicone Hot Handle Holder - Red Heat Protecting Silicone Handle for Lodge Cast Iron Skillets with Keyhole Handle

  • Hot handle holder
  • Offers a secure, comfortable grip when handling hot cookware on the stovetop
  • High heat resistance silicone protects hands up to 450 DegreeF
  • Dishwasher safe for easy clean up
  • Flexible enough to store away in a drawer
  • Protects hands from heat up to 450° F
  • Designed to fit Lodge traditional-style skillets 10.25-Inches and up.
  • Fits Lodge Keyhole handle skillets 9 inch diameter and up.
  • Dishwasher safe; Not intended for use in oven.
Preparing new and exciting recipes is always better with great cooking accessories, and Lodge has an extensive line of indoor and outdoor items. From brightly colored Silicone Handle Holders to Max Temp Oven Mitts, Lodge has many of your accessory needs covered. These silicone handle holders are heat-resistant and a great addition to any kitchen. Just slide the holder onto the hot handle and remove pots and pans with ease. The special silicone offers protection up to 450-degrees. Creates a safe

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6 Comments on “Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set Review
  1. 300 of 324 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Old fashion cooking, February 10, 2011
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    Amazon Customer (North Carolina) –

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    This review is from: Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set (Kitchen)
    These are great for a single person but would be a waste for a family. I have to get use to these again. My son cooked bacon in one and it was sticking really bad. I know there are tricks to using cast iron, so I’ll start doing some research to get back in the old groove. I love cast iron and these smaller pans are good for just me. If you are planning to purchase these, please note they are all really small. The little one would fry one egg, the middle one would do pancakes or tortillas and the largest one is good for bacon or a couple of pork chops. That should give you an idea of how big they are. Hope this helps.

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  2. 150 of 161 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lodge is better, May 28, 2013
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    Paul A. Dietrich (Lynden, WA, USA) –
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    The finish on these Chinese knockoffs is rough. The casting and finishing process results in pouring seams appearing in the cooking surface. The pans do their job, but look elsewhere if you want ‘nice’ cast iron wear.

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  3. 90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good tools, and reasonable price, November 6, 2011
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    BillR (USA) –

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    This review is from: Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set (Kitchen)
    I got these yesterday, and they were what I expected– really small, kinda small and medium. I’m not sure why others have complained about the sizes when they’re stated clearly, but you need smaller pans for various reasons and these fit the bill. After rinsing, I used the middle one to saute some ham and cheeses for sandwiches as a test- I mean, what doesn’t ham stick to? But the pan worked perfectly, nothing stuck, and cleanup was easy with water and a brush.

    So these are smaller utensils for special purposes, and from what i’ve seen are well done. I expect I’ll use them for quite a few years, and if cooking doesn’t become a thing of the past, my grandkids will still be using them long after. Iron tools are great in general and these are a good addition to my kitchen.

    [Two weeks later] Having used these several times, now, I’m still satisfied with the purchase. The seasoning on one turned out to be a little thin and let some of the metal show through on the high spots, but it’s not a big deal and hasn’t affected the performance of the pan. I’ve been very pleased with how easy they are to clean, and they’re so much better than lighter pans for sauteing and searing– I use an electric range, and the extra mass of these pans stores enough energy that the temperatures are much better controlled, and cooking is a lot more fun as a result. I’d make the purchase again without reservation.

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  4. 281 of 289 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Right material, 1-size-fits-all design fails…, November 3, 2011
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    7 “7” (Planet Earth) –

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    EDIT: Now that I have about a month using these holders under my belt, I’ve learned more how to use them better. Still, my original review below pretty much stands. So, I found that trying to firmly grasp the silicone handles the way you would using a cloth isn’t the best way to go about using these handles. Using a looser grip allowing the front bottom of the holder to sit on your index finger and the rear top of the holder to press up against your palm provides a much better grip and control of the pan. It’s a looser bottom-front and top-rear balance that works best. This method even mostly negates the lubrication effect from modestly oily pan handles. You still don’t want oily handles or you’re asking for it. So try that looser balancing grip instead of the firm clench grip. :)

    Also, a note on the cloth Hot Handles that are supposedly-silicone lined. Um, they’re not silicone-lined. At least not with any kind of silicone I’ve ever seen. And don’t ask me why, but the multi-colored hot pepper design holder is a bit bigger and its interior just looks like the metalized cloth we’ve been using on the contact surface of cloth oven mitts for decades. The red hot pepper design has a cream colored teri cloth inside and is just a bit smaller than the multi-colored pepper holders. I like the multi-colored pepper holders the best both for the interior, feel and pattern.

    If I’m cooking on low heat I leave the silicone handles on. If I’m sauteeing, and therefore flipping, or if I’m using higher heat I use the cloth handles and put ‘em on as needed and remove ‘em when done.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW:

    Okay, I will take for granted that if you’re reading this you already have a Lodge cast iron pan(s). They are fantastic pans that have reignited my love of cooking. My Analon Pro pans sit in the cupboard doing nothing now other than loan their great glass lids to the Lodge pans.

    But this isn’t about the pans. Despite their very humble price, all of us who own Lodge know that they are superior pans already. This is about this handle holder. If you’ve used silicone in the past as a pot holder or oven mitt, you know that it is an excellent heat barrier and very very easy to clean and dries almost instantly. This holder is no different. It can be left on the pans even when they are on medium high heat and though they get hot, not hot enough so the pan can’t be lifted.

    The problem with this holder is that it only comes in one size and is internally deeply ribbed (presumably to create an air channel and less contact for cooling efficiency). I have 6.5″ through 15″ Lodge pans. Each handle is a different size and shape. The 6.5″ is so small that this holder allows the handle to just slosh around inside. The only way to get a confident grip on the pan with the holder on is to really squeeze down on the holder. As the holder is quite thick, it won’t fold over and the internal ribs prevent real compression of the holder. Sort of a spring action. In short, the little handle is so short and narrow that this holder just swallows it up and confident grasp is really not possible. Factor this in with the fact that oil/grease finds its way up cast iron handles and you have a real issue because of the internal ribs. There is very little actual contact between the holder and the handle because of these ribs. Good for low heat transfer. REALLY bad for grabbing the handle.

    But who uses such tiny pans other than myself? Let’s talk about the 10″ that everybody uses. The fit here is much much better. Still, not snug enough. Unlike with the 6.5″ pan, heft and weight of the pan is an issue. Though the fit is more snug, the greater effort maneuvering the 10″ gives a less-than-confident feeling. I like to sautee so I flip my pans a lot. Yes, even heavy cast iron pans. Not with this holder on the handle. The ribs simply limit contact with the pan far too much. It’s back to the trusty old cloth for sauteeing… ANY grease on the handle and the holder becomes a lubricated sleeve that can actually spin around the handle.

    The 15″ pan’s handle fits about the same in the holder as the 10″ though it reaches closer to the holder’s tip.

    In summary, this holder is fine for simply grabbing the pan and rotating it on the burner or for holding the pan as you stir its contents or for two-handed lifts using the helper handle (and hey, where’s the helper handle holders???). For sauteeing or one-handed lifts (or even two-handed lifts by the main handle only), the poor grip (even lubricated SLIDING) of this holder really limits its usefulness as a handle holder.

    I’ve ordered the Lodge cloth-exteriored (but still internally silicone-lined) holders hoping for better grip. I understand that those handles can’t be left on the pans. I’ll use them as a replacement for a cloth. Hopefully there aren’t any internal ribs on those holders or they’ll get sent back prior to use…

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  5. 142 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, but not perfect, June 3, 2012
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    Spiced Rum (USA) –

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    This review is from: Lodge ASHH41 Silicone Hot Handle Holder, Red (Kitchen)
    While not absolutely perfect, this is the best solution for hot cast iron handles I have come across.

    Pros:
    1) Avoids the problem of forgetting the cast iron pan handle it hot and burning yourself. You can leave it on while using it on the stovetop.
    2) This silicone holder has several advantages over a cloth handle holder or potholder:
    . a) You can leave this on a gas burner when using the pan. NOT something you can do with a cloth because of fire concerns.
    . b) The silicone material can get wet without losing its insulating qualities.
    . c) If it gets oily it can easily be washed and reused much quicker than cloth. It can be put in a dishwasher.

    Cons:
    1) It fits kind of loose on a pan handle. This requires you to “be aware” of how to grip it right so the pan doesn’t slip out of your grip. This is not difficult, just that the grip is not as solid as no holder at all.
    2) While I haven’t had any issues yet, the silicone could break down under extreme heat (more than 450 °F according to Lodge). This might only be an issue while using on a gas burner, as the heat can “lick up” and be more intense in the handle area than electric. I use gas, so I back the holder off a smidge from the edge while using on gas. This in turn makes the grip issue a little worse, but still usable. However, it is still better than no holder at all or cloth, as those have greater risks.
    3) You can’t leave it on when using a pan in the oven. The silicone gets too hot to touch. While you CAN slip it on the hot pan to take it out, you can also just use a regular glove or potholder. Not really a huge advantage for oven use.
    4) A TIP I’VE LEARNED THE HARD WAY with a burned finger: the holder has a small hole in one side, place it “up” on a handle so you can see it. If it’s on the bottom, you can inadvertently grab it and get burned by the pan through the hole. Ouch!

    Summary:
    Considering the extreme requirements for a handle holder, this is a good product and I can think of no better solution for a gas burner. Definitely saves you from a burned hand!

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  6. 71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    FOR LODGE ENAMEL PRODUCTS——-FITS LE CREUSET TOO, September 20, 2012
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    Carpe Diem (Northeast US) –

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    This review is from: Lodge ASHH41 Silicone Hot Handle Holder, Red (Kitchen)
    I own both the lodge seasoned cast iron and the Lodge ceramic enameled cast iron. I was hesitant to buy this product because of all the reviews that said the handle holder was too big and sloppy. Put your mind at rest! If you are buying for the Seasoned Cast Iron the reviews are right. This product was not designed for those at least not from what i could tell. If you are looking for those use these “Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt, Black”. These Silicone hot handle holders work perfectly for the enamel covered cast iron pans from Lodge. I can attest to that. They are tight and hold snug and go all the to the base of the product. For its purpose i give these 5 stars (as you can see). Just remember these are for the LODGE ENAMELED PRODUCTS not the seasoned cast iron.

    I also own 2 pieces of Le Creuset cookware that these fit perfectly on too!

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