Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kinetic Color Cast 4.86-Quart Casserole with Grill Pan Lid

I finally got around to using this pan and I really like it. As a casserole pan it is very practical and functional for a family my size. Last night I opted to make my macaroni pie (think baked mac and cheese) as it is really quick. I boiled the noodles in the pan and once they were drained I was able to mix in all the other ingredients and get it straight into the oven. I LOVE the fact that I can put this in the oven. It was easy to clean even after all the cheesy goodness that had been baked on.

The lid doubles as a grill pan and for our family of 9, it is a bit too small to be practical for meals with a big meat focus, like steak and potatoes. It is far more practical for dishes where smaller amounts of meat are being used, like a grilled chicken salad etc. Dh and I used it for an intimate steak dinner for 2 and it worked wonderfully. Since I don't have a grill this is a nice little addition to my kitchen and I am really excited to try it for chicken/pork fried rice.

All in all I really like this pan and would recommend it. Like all cast iron cookware it does get super hot and caution should be used. Well check out the rest of the Kinetic Color cast line at Enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

CSN Stores Review

I had the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for CSN Stores for their Pre-seasoned Cast Iron 12.5 inch round Skillet. I thought you might like to know my experience with the product also. :) This was the first time that I had ordered anything from CSN so I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly my items shipped. I have always wanted a cast iron skillet and was pleased by how affordable it was and for such a heavy item the shipping charge was really cheap. It had not really occurred to me just how heavy the skillet would be, but it was nice to see that even at such a low price the skillet was not cheaply made.

Last night we opted to give it a whirl. I made curry chicken in it and it was wonderful. It was nice to have a pan that heated so evenly and at no point did the curry powder stick or burn. I usually make the curry chicken, potato and channa (chick peas) together, but this pan is smaller than my other skillets. I cooked the rest in one of the old skillets and there was a noticeable difference. This pan required far less monitoring as everything cooked at the same time. The convenient pouring grooves were great for serving and allowed me to hold the pan with both hands to pour (as I mentioned it is heavy). All in all, I really liked this pan and was pleased with the store. I look forward to doing business with them again.