Today we are going to look at another camping cookware set that is selling like hotcakes right now on Amazon called the Lodge L5HS3 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware Set (ad). These black cast iron pieces really have that authentic look to them which I love. Their also “pre-seasoned,” which apparently is a process where seasoning oil is applied via an electrostatic spray system that coats the cookware, then it’s baked in commercial ovens at very high temperatures.
The 5 pieces in the Lodge L5HS3 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware Set include:
10.5-inch round griddle
5-Qt. Dutch oven
10.25-inch iron cover
As mentioned, the set is Pre-Seasoned and ready-to-use out of the box. Supposedly the pans get better and better over time, as they season more over time (oils seep into the cast iron).
Cast iron provides superior heat retention and even cooking. You also can use these pans on all cooking surfaces, grills, campfires and they’re even oven safe. Besides being perfect for camping, these could also just be used at home.
Why It’s Awesome:
Cast iron is one of the best materials for cooking. It retains heat, cooks evenly, and is a natural non-stick surface. It is much better to use cast iron than to use the commercial non-stick stuff that has coatings on it, can chip, and gives off fumes. Cast iron is safe.
You are also recommended not to use soap or detergents on cast iron, just a brush and hot water. That of course is another way that it is easier to use this product in the woods. No need to worry about soap and extra rinsing water. They do recommend coating the pans with vegetable oil after washing. You also of course need to make sure the pans are dry.
I also like that Lodge is an American company, and the set is made in the USA.
What Could Be Better:
The set really is quite simple and doesn’t have many actual issues. However, you’ll want to consider that this set is 26.8 pounds and takes up a lot of space. Clearly it is way too heavy to be carrying around in the woods, but it still would be good for car camping or home use.
Another “issue” is that there can be defects in the pan, which are brown spots that are from oil pooling during the “pre-seasoning” process. Those spots aren’t rust, but are carbonized seasoning which can darken after lots of use. That really is not an actual issue, but could be alarming to people that buy this set and get a pan with a big brown spot on it.