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12 Types of Cast-Iron Cookware You Should Know About

You can find all the things we love about cast iron—its durability, naturally nonstick coating and easy cleanup, just to name a few—in lots of handy styles. Here are our gotta-have items.

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Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Panvia amazon.com

Wedge Pan

This pan with triangular cutouts is perfect for crispy cornbread (these are our favorites!), quick breads, biscuits, scones and even little frittatas. For best results, fill each wedge no more than three-quarters of the way. See why you should use a cast iron skillet to cook a steak.

Buy a cast-iron wedge pan here.

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Reversible Grill and Griddle Combovia amazon.com

Griddle

Keep this guy hot all day with family favorites from pancakes to burgers. Its long rectangular shape makes it ideal for cooking oblong items that won’t fit in round alternatives. Try out these tasty pancake recipes first! Find some more fun and funky cast iron products you can add to your kitchen.

Buy a cast-iron griddle here.

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Ironvia amazon.com

Skillet

Ah, yes, the trusty cast-iron skillet. It’s one of the most common and versatile cast-iron items. From breads to cakes to southern fried chicken, this pan has you covered. Get skillet-recipe inspiration and see why using coarse salt is a great way to clean a skillet.

Buy a cast-iron skillet here.

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Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Panvia amazon.com

Grill Pan

Intended to imitate your outdoor barbecue, a cast-iron grill pan is complete with grill ribs that leave those unmistakable sear marks and collect drippings. Prep anything you’d typically make outside with this bad boy—like one of our top 10 burgers. Discover an awesome burger press to make a great burger and 16 other amazing products to keep within reach in the kitchen.

Buy a cast-iron grill pan here.

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Cast Iron Fluted Cake Panvia amazon.com

Fluted Cake Pan

This fluted cake pan is a classic kitchen piece meant for classic desserts. Serve beautifully molded sweets, such as cakes, monkey breads and other bakes, from breakfast till dessert. Find our best-ever Bundt pan recipes here. Discover 25 prep tools you didn’t know you needed in the kitchen.

Buy a cast-iron fluted cake pan here.

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Dutch Ovenvia amazon.com

Dutch Oven

Almost all Dutch ovens, heavy cooking pots with a tight domed lid, are cast iron. Put your pot to work braising meats, simmering stews and deep-frying treats. It’s safe in the oven or on the stovetop. Dinner’s ready with any of these Dutch-oven wonders. Find out which is better for you: a Dutch oven, pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.

Buy a cast-iron Dutch oven here.

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Cast Iron Wokvia amazon.com

Wok

Traditionally used for Chinese cooking, this bowl-shaped frying pan is actually multipurpose. Make stir-fry, sure, but also saute veggies, cook paella, steam fish and scramble eggs. Stick to tradition with one of these top-notch stir-fry recipes. Here are 9 kitchen gadgets that you’ll love having around because they do everything.

Buy a cast-iron wok here.

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Cast Iron Loaf Panvia amazon.com

Loaf Pan

A cast-iron loaf pan is prime for quick breads, yeast breads and meat loaves. And don’t stop there! You can make desserts such as cakes, cookies and even ice cream in this nifty pan. Look here for creative loaf pan ideas. Stay safe in the kitchen by always having these 10 items around the house.

Buy a cast-iron loaf pan here.

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Muffin Panvia amazon.com

Muffin Pan

The name says it all. This tool is best used for muffins (like these crumble-topped treats) and cornbread. But much like its non-cast-iron counterparts, its also great for baking mini lasagnas, quiches, meat loaves, sliders and more. Check out how a muffin pan can help with organizing your home and 11 other life-changing organization tips.

Buy a cast-iron muffin pan here.

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Cast Iron Pizza Panvia amazon.com

Pizza-Baking Pan

Despite being called a baking pan, this 14-in. round is especially perfect for homemade pizzas. So start with this Perfect Pizza Crust and pile it high with pepperoni and cheese. Or, if you’d prefer, pop it on the grill or stovetop for grilled meat or fried eggs. Check out a really cool wood-fired pizza oven that a reader built on their own.

Buy a cast-iron baking pan here.

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Cast Iron Bean Pot with Lidvia amazon.com

Pot

Cast-iron pots are a rarer product, usually sold in smaller sizes from 1 to 2-1/2 quarts. Boil eggs, simmer soups (like our highest-rated recipe of all time!) and reduce sauces to your heart’s desire. If you’ve got problems getting rid of grease stains, then read up on these tips on removing grease stains.

Buy a cast-iron pot here.

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Cast Iron Cornstick Panvia amazon.com

Cornstick Pan

You can use this novelty for few things aside from roasting crispy corn on the cob. Try baking cake or quick breads in the corn impressions for a themed treat. Discover our freshest corn dishes here and learn why a corn husk should never end up in a garbage disposal.

Buy a cast-iron cornstick pan here.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie is a Midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she first learned to appreciate the richness and diversity of food. She spends her days editing the Special Interest Publications and trying to keep her resultant stomach growls to a minimum.