In 1896, Joseph Lodge began Lodge Manufacturing, and today it is one of the oldest cookware companies in continuous operation. The cast iron is produced in the Lodge foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Lodge offers tours of the foundry during the National Cornbread Festival each spring. Lodge produces a range of cast iron cookware and bakeware, including skillets, grills, kettles, griddles and dutch ovens. 2002 saw a development by Lodge for production of pre-seasoned iron cookware. You can also buy Lodge enamel-coated cast iron cookware. Cast iron cooking has been a kitchen favorite with its even heating, great heat retention and flexibility to go outdoors on the grill or cook over an open fire. The joy of cooking with classic cast iron can be found in chic restaurants to the countless kitchens of avid home cooks. The cookware is vastly popular, and can be seen on the Food Network, in high-end gourmet shops, big-box discounters, upscale department stores and local hardware emporiums. The Tennessee product that is both an American icon and one of the hottest trends in the food world: Lodge Cast Iron cookware.
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