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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Credit: Amazon

A cast iron skillet is a staple in any Southern kitchen. The durable pan is perfect for cooking up everything from a juicy steak to a fluffy frittata. As essential as this item may be, buying one can get expensive, which is why Black Friday is a great time to stock up.

Right now, you can shop this Lodge Cast Iron Skillet from Amazon for just $14. It’s usually listed for $27, but the pan is marked down by 48 percent for Black Friday. This is a seriously low price, considering that similar cast iron skillets from brands like Le Creuset can go for as much as $170.

The 10.25-inch cast iron skillet is pre-seasoned with 100 percent vegetable oil rather than synthetic coatings or chemicals. For the uninitiated, seasoning a skillet helps retain the pan’s non-stick abilities and shine while preventing rust.

Use the skillet to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, or fry just about any food you can think of. It will retain heat evenly and is safe to use on the stove, in the oven, or even over an open campfire. (Is there anything better than an open campfire?)

To make the pan last as long as possible, simply wash it by hand with mild soap or just hot water, then dry with a cloth or paper towel and rub with a light layer of vegetable oil. You can also use a special cast iron scrub brush to safely remove baked-on food residue when cleaning.

As far as cast iron skillets go, this one from Lodge is about as popular as they get (our food editor has even called it her favorite). It’s raked in more than 14,000 positive reviews on Amazon from shoppers who say the pan is durable, easy to clean, and worth the investment.

“This pan never leaves the stove. I use it at least once a day, it is so versatile,” one reviewer wrote. “What can't I cook with this thing? I sauté veggies, make grilled cheese sandwiches, fry eggs, reheat tortillas, make omelets, sear steaks, and make sausage gravy to go over biscuits. This is a real workhorse of my kitchen.”

One shopper bought the pan after their mother recommended it and said, “Throw your money at amazon and never look back… I cook everything in this baby.”

Whether you’re new to cast iron cookware or want to expand your collection, head to Amazon to shop this mom-approved skillet while it’s still on sale.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Credit: Amazon

Buy It: $14 (orig. $27);