Are all Lancaster products made in the USA?
Yes! We are proud to say that all Lancaster Cast Iron products are made here in the United States. We strive to keep our supply chain as local as possible. All of our cast iron products are made in Pennsylvania.
Can I use my Lancaster skillet on a glass/induction stovetop? What about on a campfire or grill?
Lancaster skillets perform well on any cooking surface. We recommend that you try them all!
Are all Lancaster skillets pre-seasoned?
All of our cast iron products have received two seasoning coats of grape seed oil. This means that the pan is ready to use as soon as you open the box. Give it a quick wash and then you're ready to begin cooking. See our guide for first time use for additional instructions.
Why isn't my cast iron a uniform black color?
As you use your skillet and you notice it becoming blotchy, or it is not as dark as you were expecting, do not be concerned. It takes time to build up the dark patina associated with traditional cast iron. As you use your pan regularly, you will begin to see it transform.
How should I clean my Lancaster skillet?
It's important to remember that cast iron CAN rust if proper care is not taken. You should never leave your skillet submerged in water or run it through the dishwasher. After use, gently scrub your pan with hot water and a tool of your preference. Some prefer a chainmail scrubber, others a sponge or dish brush. After residual food is removed, towel dry your pan and place back on a burner on low heat to evaporate any additional moisture. Rub with a very thin layer of oil before storing. For additional details, see our Cast Iron Care Guide.
Can I use soap to clean my cast iron?
This is a much debated topic amongst cast iron enthusiasts. Most soap available today is not nearly as strong as soap used in the past. If used sparingly and the above steps are still followed, your cast iron skillet will remain in great shape.
What is the best method for seasoning?
Lancaster skillets come pre-seasoned, but for additional information on seasoning and maintenance, see our Cast Iron Seasoning Instructions.
Why is it called a "No. 8" skillet?
Historically, cast iron sizing was associated with the "stove eye" or opening of a wood stove. The numbers used have no direct correlation to the dimension of the pan or cooking surface. We decided to keep the sizing metric as a tribute to this American tradition.
What is Lancaster Cast Iron's warranty?
Our cast iron products are designed and made to be used by you and generations to follow which is why we stand by you and our cast iron cookware with a lifetime warranty. We want to help you resolve any issues that arise while using your pan. Most of the time, the solution will be to continue frequent use. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Lancaster Cast Iron have a return policy?
If you would like to return your cookware for any reason, we offer a 30 day return policy for a refund minus return shipping costs. Email us at email@example.com and we will send you a return shipping label.