… but I kind of love it

By Mir
October 25, 2012

I’m putting this in the “Retail gone wrong” category, but honestly, I’m not sure I want to be right, because I can’t stop laughing.

Like any good southern cook (okay, I’m a yankee, but I try), I have a 12-inch cast iron skillet that lives atop my stove and gets used for everything from cornbread to eggs. There’s nothing like cast iron for even, high heat (and extra iron!) in your cooking.

The pan I own is this one, and Amazon’s current price of around $19 is about right.

But! Today is the one-year anniversary of Home.Woot, and look what they’re offering, to celebrate—it’s a Woot-branded Lodge cast iron skillet. It has the big Woot exclamation point on it! I find this hilarious. (Not hilarious enough to pay $30 plus $5 shipping, but hilarious nonetheless.) These pans last forever—many of my friends ’round here have their grandmother’s skillets—but would the extra money be worth it for generations to come? “Nana, tell us the story about the Woot-Off one more time!” Seems unlikely.

But it’s still funny.


  1. I have a lovely cast-iron skillet but because I bought a stove with a glass top, I can only use it in the oven. Which is fine because of cornbread and pineapple upside down cake.

  2. Wait… what?? I have a stove with a glass top. I use my skillet. Please explain (stovetop and skillet both seem fine).

  3. It’s one of those calculated risks. Cast iron could scratch your glass top. Deep scratches are a big danger, because the glass could exp…. wait.

    *ahem* Fates? Yeah, Mir’s been through enough, so don’t listen to this conversation, okay?

    …explode. And the top costs as much as the stove itself, so most people don’t risk it. I’d never thought of keeping one to use in the oven, anyway. I’m excited.

  4. Mir, I use my cast iron pans on my glasstop, too. I’ve never had a problem. I do prefer the pans with the flat bottoms, though, as opposed to the ones with the ridge around the edge. I think the Woot one has the ridge. Bummer.

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