With the weather finally warming up, it's time to dust off the grill and pull out all the essential grilling equipment for backyard cooking. And if this is the year you're finally going to invest in a skillet to prevent slim vegetables from falling through the grates, you're going to want to check out this Lodge skillet that's currently $40 off on Amazon.
The Lodge 17-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet is designed to use over high heats, like placed on top of the grill, perched over a campfire, or slipped into the oven. Built with two loop handles, the skillet can cook bacon and sear steaks since it retains heat so well. And you won't have to worry about crowding too much at once thanks to the extra-wide and deep cooking surface.
Not only does it add extra space to a grill, but the flat surface prevents smaller pieces of food from falling through the cracks. Plus, the skillet's already been pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil, and the more you use the cast iron, the better the seasoning will get.
To buy: Lodge 17-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, $70 (originally $110) at amazon.com
Amazon shoppers gush over this skillet, with nearly 9,000 reviewers giving it a five-star rating. Shoppers call the pan a "work of art" and "superior quality" compared to other cast iron products. One reviewer even writes that there's "nothing like cooking in cast iron on the grill!" And it's a steal at just $70, considering Lodge products are designed to last a lifetime.
"I am a monster Lodge cast iron fan," one shopper says. "I cook a lot of meals in cast iron for my family and friends. I have gotten other brands in all shapes and sizes. Don't be fooled like me and waste money. I only trust Lodge now. The pan is great and well balanced with the two-handle hold. Easy to use from the first time and only getting better."
"My new go-to pan for everything," another shopper says. "This is easily the best frying pan I have ever owned. Excellent quality and durability. I season mine each time I wash it. Great for frying chicken, pork chops, bacon—just about any kind of meat. The lid is great for steaming vegetables and protects the stovetop from grease splatters. I highly recommend it."
Whether you need a hefty skillet to cook for a large family or want to prevent skinny vegetables from falling through the cracks of the grill, shop the Lodge 17-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet for $70 on Amazon.
This story originally appeared on Food & Wine.