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If you’re using cast-iron cookware more than ever, you’re not alone. Searches around cast-iron recipes and cookware are surging, according to Google Trends. We see you, bread bakers! 

Whether you’re already a cast-iron owner or hoping to finally get your first piece, there’s so much more cast-iron goodness out there beyond the popular skillet, which is why we rounded up some of the best heavy-duty pre-seasoned cookware that will transform the way you prepare meals and won’t cost you more than $50. And just in case you don’t already own a must-have skillet, we included one of those, too. 

Whether you’re whipping up a weekend brunch for your family, cooking over your backyard campfire, or, like everyone else right now, baking bread, there are so many ways to utilize cast iron. Below are some of the most helpful and versatile cast-iron pots, pans, and tools, plus a few tasty ideas to help get you started. And since they all come from retailers offering free and fast shipping, you can cook and bake with your new tools in no time. 

Best Cast-Iron Cookware Under $50: 

Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet

Lodge 12" Cast Iron Skillet
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Coming in at just $35, Lodge’s cast-iron skillet is one of the most versatile and affordable pans ever. There are tons of dishes and foods that taste even better when prepared in one of these skillets, and plenty of one-skillet meals can be cooked up with little fuss. 

Buy It: $35; amazon.com

AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Pizza-Pan

Cast Iron Grill Pan
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Looking for a fun family activity? Forgo the delivery, grab the kids, and make a big pizza right at home with all of your favorite toppings. Use your skillet for a deep crust version, or try one of these sleeker pans for a thinner crust pizza.

Buy It: $30; amazon.com

Lodge Cast-Iron Mini Cake Pan

Cast Iron Grill Pan
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You can bake all kinds of sweet and savory treats in this pre-seasoned, non-stick pan. Get ready for homemade muffins, scones, and biscuits — or a fun combination of the three, like these heavenly Cornmeal Angel Biscuits.

Buy It: $25; amazon.com

Lodge Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven

Cast Iron Grill Pan
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Make sure to pack this versatile piece before you head out to your next great outdoor adventure. Use it to make camping casseroles, stews, and all kinds of easy one-pot meals.

Buy It: $43; amazon.com

Artisanal Kitchen Supply Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

Artisanal Kitchen Supply Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
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Using a cast-iron Dutch oven for homemade bread (may we suggest our easy, no-knead Buttermilk bread?) gives it a crisp and beautifully golden crust.

Artisanal Kitchen Supply Pre-Seasoned Mini Cast-Iron Skillet

Artisanal Kitchen Supply Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 5.75-Inch Mini Skillet
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Use this smaller skillet to whip up tasty treats for one, like ooey-gooey peanut butter-chocolate chip skillet cookies or strawberry skillet cake

Lodge Cast-Iron Griddle

Lodge 10.5" Cast Iron Griddle
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This pre-seasoned griddle is ideal for preparing favorite breakfast foods like pancakes, eggs, omelettes, crepes, and more. Folks love it for making thin crust pizza, too.  

Buy It: $15; target.com

Tramontina Enameled Cast-Iron Grill Pan with Press

Cast Iron Grill Pan
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You’re on your way to becoming a panini and grilled cheese master with this pan and press combo.  

Buy It: $45; amazon.com

Rome Industries Chuck Wagon Waffle Iron

Rome Industries Chuck Wagon Waffle Iron
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Designed for camp stoves and fire pits, this old-school iron is perfect for cooks and waffle fans who love the great outdoors. Make our best-ever buttermilk waffles and top ‘em with marshmallows and chocolates for a campfire-inspired creation.

Lodge Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan

Lodge Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan
Lodge Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan
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Smaller than the griddle, this lined pan will help you achieve those tasty and crunchy grill marks on steaks and more of your favorite meats.

Buy It: $25; amazon.com

Camp Chef Cast-Iron Pie Pan

Camp Chef 9" Cast Iron Pie Pan Black
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If you’re not baking your pies in a cast-iron pan, then you’re seriously missing out.

Buy It: $16 (orig. $21); amazon.com

Lodge Corn Stick Loaf Pan

Lodge Corn Stick Loaf Pan
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While you can always make cornbread—like our Jalapeño Cornbread Sticks—in muffin tins or a casserole dish, there’s something even more fun about this stick pan.

Lodge Cast-Iron Wedge Loaf Pan

Lodge Cast Iron Wedge Loaf Pan
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Step up your scone game with this wedge pan, which makes both sweet and savory versions taste even better. 

Buy It: $22 (orig. $27); amazon.com

Lodge Fajita Three-Piece Set

Lodge Cast-Iron Fajita Set
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Achieve restaurant-quality fajitas at home with this three-piece set, which comes with a handle mitt and wooden trivet serving board for an easy presentation.  

Buy It: $19; amazon.com

Lodge Cast-Iron Reversible Griddle

Lodge 16.75" X 9.5" Cast Iron Reversible Griddle
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This dynamic piece, which is ideal if you’re cooking for a crowd, can be used on your stovetop, in your oven, over an open fire, or on the grill to fry or bake foods. It also features two sides—one with and one without grill marks—giving you even more options. 

Buy It: $30; target.com