Light enough for everyday cooking, sturdy enough to last for generations, and it gets better with time and use—the perfect skillet for both camp and kitchen.
Like any great tools, the Field Company Skillet embodies the perfect combination of character, quality, and function. This skillet is the closest living relative to vintage cast iron cookware, the kind our great grandmothers used for biscuits, cornbread, and bacon and eggs.
Why Cast Iron?
A cast iron skillet is capable, durable, and at home in most any context. Sear over hot coals. Fry eggs on the latest induction cooktop. Serve at the table. Hang it on your wall. Then hand it down to your grandkids.
From crispy roasted vegetables to perfectly-seared steaks, cast iron’s heat retention and natural non-stick cooking surface benefit nearly every kind of cooking.
What Makes This Skillet Different?
Let's face it, we all know that there are plenty of cheaper cast iron options out there, which begs the question: What makes a premium Field Cast Iron Skillet worth the cost? We'll give you five reasons:
- Cheap cast iron is mass-produced, often in China. Field Company skillets are made one at a time in the U.S.A. This is a family business.
- Cheap cast iron come with a sandpaper-rough finish because a crucial step (a step that was once part of traditional cast iron cookware manufacturing) is skipped—the time-consuming grinding that removes the residual sand of the molding process. In contrast, the cooking surface on a Field Company skillet is carefully polished, not rough and pebbled.
- Lifting a cheap skillet is a two-hand affair. A Field Company skillet is far lighter than a mass-produced skillet, making it easier to use. Both the #8 and #10 can easily be lifted with one hand, which is not the case with most cast iron cookware. This is by design and it's a result of skilled craftsmanship: Enough heft for heat-retention, but still light enough to use every day.
- Many cheaper cast iron skillets claim to be pre-seasoned, but of course this is hardly true. Assembly line "pre-seasoning" is a far cry from the authentic pre-seasoning you'll enjoy on a Field Company skillet, which come pre-seasoned with two coats of grapeseed oil. These skillets are good to go out of the box. Plus you'll begin cooking with confidence because the time-honored craft of "seasoning" was initiated by people who care about quality.
- This is not another cheap, throw-away product. A Field Company skillet is heritage quality, which means it is designed with a higher purpose. This skillet will outlive you, but in a very real way it will carry on your story.
A note from Brian, the founder of Get Lost:
I often use a line on this website that bears repeating now: "The measure of anything comes from its quality and the satisfaction this gives rise to." The point here is that things without quality do not satisfy because they have no soul, no story. I truly believe this. Quality and story are the dual reasons that I have chosen to collaborate with Field Company. Like a hand-made knife or a bamboo fly rod, these cast iron skillets are meant to be enjoyed and then passed down from generation to generation. Does this skillet cost more? On the surface, yes. But if you love to use it (which you will) and if you intend to pass it on someday (which you can and should) then this skillet is well worth the extra cost.
What Size Should You Buy?
If you want a slightly smaller skillet, consider the No. 8