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Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). Out of this tiny community comes some of the the best cast iron cookware in the world. Lodge Cast Iron began making cookware during the 19th century. Today, Lodge Cast Iron remains a family owned, family operated business.

The award winning foundry seasoning produces cast iron of equal quality to Grandma's prized hand-me-downs. Lodge's foundry seasoning is similar to a home-seasoning method, but on a larger scale. The cast iron is sprayed with a soy-based vegetable oil and then baked on at a very high temperature. The heat allows the oil to penetrate into the iron, creating a black patina finish with superior appearance and performance than home seasoning.