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Costco 12" Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan $39.97 FS *Made in France*

MiikeB 51 June 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM in Home & Home Improvement (2) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Last Edited by widgit June 6, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Costco has the Kirkland Signature 12" Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan for $39.97 with free shipping while supplies last. Normal price is $57.99

http://www.costco.com/.product.633530.html

Been watching this for awhile, I believe the .97 means clearance so it might be discontinued. Has solid reviews, I love the no long handle effect for a grill pan. Also made in France.

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#61
Quote from ElGato01 View Post :
Many times the little paper that comes with these pans will tell you what the max temperature that you can heat them up to is. Alternately the manufacturer's web site would be another alternative. But theoretically it should be possible.
One note of caution is the old style electric stoves, the ones where you put your pan on an electric spiral looking thing, reek havoc on these pans.

Lastly, since this is a grill pan, it appears to have ridges on the inside which may not work all that well for making Naan. So do make sure that it's OK.

EG
I have the old style electric stove, but I also have an induction heater courtesy of the Newegg SD. Thanks for the heads up, when I was a kid my mom had her set of cast iron skillets, but we had a gas stove (I dislike the old style electric eyes). Repped for the info - and you're right, I hadn't even looked at the pictures, the ridges wouldn't work at all.
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For example, I semi-recently returned a microwave I purchased there 5 years ago because the latch/closing mechanism broke (our fault). They gave me a full refund no questions asked, no hassle what-so-ever. Try that anywhere else and see how far you get. My preference, ...Costco by far!
There are no time limits on returns at Sam's Club, their return policy is the same as Costco's. So, as far as "trying that anywhere else", just go to Sam's and get the same lifetime return policy (with the same exceptions on PC's, TV's, etc). There are more similarities between the two stores than there are differences.

I don't buy meat at either club - I'm a member of both BTW - because I find much better deals at the local supermarket when on sale. Once, I bought some ground beef at Costco and it was bad, nearly spoiled. When I went to return it, they didn't give me a hassle, but note that if you have to return meat to Sam's, they will give you double the amount you paid to compensate you for your trouble. Costco will not do this.
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Costco is not a warehouse. Their prices are typical of every other retailer with some higher, some lower. Their produce is above average in price and on groceries they are one of the highest priced stores in my area, but not THE highest. They force you to buy more than you might otherwise, so you save on per item price a little, but then you lose out on sales at other stores, throwing food away, finding out you don't like something that you're stuck with two boxes of. However, if you buy one stupid impulse purchase, one gadget, one thing you never would have bought at other stores, you've lost all the savings you'll ever make. Look at people's carts there, it's interesting. Most people are not saving any money at Costco, they're blowing it. Lots of it. I used to eat at their food court quite a bit, but I started realizing I was buying food "because it was so cheap" even though I wasn't hungry. Spending money is not saving money, so I cut way back.

Slickdeals=smart shopping. Never buy all your crap from one place
100% agree on all your points! Common sense and all that...people are so blinded (brainwashed) by Costco/BJ's/Sam's (esp. Costco, though) that they think they're always getting the best deal in the world and highest quality. Nothing could be further from the truth. Deals can be found elsewhere that far surpass these stores, and you don't even have to look all that hard.

Bananas are 3lb/$1.00 at my local store this week, and nearly every week at a different store. Romaine lettuce is 3/$1.00 almost every week at the local Super King store, and it's organic. Their prices BLOW away all the warehouse stores. That's just two of many examples.

I stopped eating at the food court at the warehouse stores because I realized I didn't need it - and it was only making me fatter. I haven't eaten in their food court in over a year now.
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#64
As someone who just got into making steaks very recently. I found we already have a huge cast-iron pan (doesn't seem enameled) - also has grill lines. I followed instructions online to preheat oven to 500F and put cast iron on stove (high), preheat the pan - then cook the steak on each side for 1-2 minutes. Then move the pan into the oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Then take the steak out of the oven, remove from pan and cover loosely in foil, and wait 5-10 minutes.

I love a good steak (from a quality steak restaurant). But haven't been able to replicate at home.. that recipe doesn't seem to give me the color I want, I'm likely boiling/steaming juices away.

So, A. what am I doing wrong? B. will this cast-iron pan solve my problems?
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Quote from Roundabout View Post :
There are no time limits on returns at Sam's Club, their return policy is the same as Costco's. So, as far as "trying that anywhere else", just go to Sam's and get the same lifetime return policy (with the same exceptions on PC's, TV's, etc). There are more similarities between the two stores than there are differences.

I don't buy meat at either club - I'm a member of both BTW - because I find much better deals at the local supermarket when on sale. Once, I bought some ground beef at Costco and it was bad, nearly spoiled. When I went to return it, they didn't give me a hassle, but note that if you have to return meat to Sam's, they will give you double the amount you paid to compensate you for your trouble. Costco will not do this.
I'm also a member of both.

He also described Costco as no questions asked and no hassle, which has also been my experience. Sam's Club, however, can be full of questions and far from hassle free.

At $2.99 a pound for ground beef that is not pink slime, I have been very happy at Costco. I do sometimes find better deals with BOGO or coupons, but Costco beats everyone's everyday prices in my area on ground beef and chicken. Sam's Club, though, always seems to have great prices on ribs.

Generally, Sam's has more variety and choices. However, I like the wine and cheese selection and variety at Costco much more.

At the end of the day, I really prefer Costco. But, to each his own.

I'm not a member of the club BJ's, but I have enjoyed BJ's from time to time.
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Quote from Royal2000H View Post :
As someone who just got into making steaks very recently. I found we already have a huge cast-iron pan (doesn't seem enameled) - also has grill lines. I followed instructions online to preheat oven to 500F and put cast iron on stove (high), preheat the pan - then cook the steak on each side for 1-2 minutes. Then move the pan into the oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Then take the steak out of the oven, remove from pan and cover loosely in foil, and wait 5-10 minutes.

I love a good steak (from a quality steak restaurant). But haven't been able to replicate at home.. that recipe doesn't seem to give me the color I want, I'm likely boiling/steaming juices away.

So, A. what am I doing wrong? B. will this cast-iron pan solve my problems?

If you're already using a non-enameled cast iron pan, I don't think buying this will necessarily fix your problems. I think if you simply cook the steak a longer on each side...until you get the desired color, that should solve the issue. You will obviously have to adjust the amount of time you broil the steak afterward.

I will sometimes use peanut or coconut oil in the pan to help with the coloring/texture.

A problem could be that your stove may not get hot enough for the initial searing.

Try cooking a nice ribeye, it should give off enough fat to give you a nice texture and they are harder to overcook.
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Quote from firemedic1343 View Post :
If you're already using a non-enameled cast iron pan, I don't think buying this will necessarily fix your problems. I think if you simply cook the steak a longer on each side...until you get the desired color, that should solve the issue. You will obviously have to adjust the amount of time you broil the steak afterward.

I will sometimes use peanut or coconut oil in the pan to help with the coloring/texture.

A problem could be that your stove may not get hot enough for the initial searing.

Try cooking a nice ribeye, it should give off enough fat to give you a nice texture and they are harder to overcook.

y not grill it?
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#68
Quote from firemedic1343 View Post :
I'm also a member of both.

He also described Costco as no questions asked and no hassle, which has also been my experience. Sam's Club, however, can be full of questions and far from hassle free.

At $2.99 a pound for ground beef that is not pink slime, I have been very happy at Costco. I do sometimes find better deals with BOGO or coupons, but Costco beats everyone's everyday prices in my area on ground beef and chicken. Sam's Club, though, always seems to have great prices on ribs.

Generally, Sam's has more variety and choices. However, I like the wine and cheese selection and variety at Costco much more.

At the end of the day, I really prefer Costco. But, to each his own.

I'm not a member of the club BJ's, but I have enjoyed BJ's from time to time.
You know, I mostly agree with all that you said, although I don't think either store has "pink slime". I just got unlucky at Costco that day and got some bad meat, in general their meat is fine. However, Sam's meat is very good, and I find clearance meat at Sam's that I never, ever see at Costco. The best deal is when I find Tyson chck breast in individually wrapped in one large outer wrap for 30% off, people don't buy it as much because it costs more due to the extra wrapping necessary.

The few times I've returned something at Sam's, I've never had a hassle or problem. They certainly weren't "full of questions" other than asking, naturally, if there was anything wrong with the item (which Costco will also ask). I don't know what happened in your case, but I've never had an issue returning anything at either store.

I do agree with you about the wine and cheese selection at Costco, it's far superior to Sam's, which has a very limited choice. There is, as you said, more variety of some items at Sam's but I haven't noticed a huge selection at either store of anything in particular.

My own observation is that Sam's tends to have somewhat lower prices on most items in the store that are the same national brand as Costco carries. Other things are harder to compare if the brand isn't the same. One more thing to note, Sam's Club has a lower price for membership, although they raised it recently for the first time since 2006. I think it's now $45, still lower than Costco's $55.
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Le suck! Why the astericks that it was made in France? Who cares if it was made in France really? I prefer to see *Made in the USA" on this stuff. France hates America and are mostly arrogant MF'ers. Electronics, I prefer made in Japan.
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Quote from Royal2000H View Post :
As someone who just got into making steaks very recently. I found we already have a huge cast-iron pan (doesn't seem enameled) - also has grill lines. I followed instructions online to preheat oven to 500F and put cast iron on stove (high), preheat the pan - then cook the steak on each side for 1-2 minutes. Then move the pan into the oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Then take the steak out of the oven, remove from pan and cover loosely in foil, and wait 5-10 minutes.

I love a good steak (from a quality steak restaurant). But haven't been able to replicate at home.. that recipe doesn't seem to give me the color I want, I'm likely boiling/steaming juices away.

So, A. what am I doing wrong? B. will this cast-iron pan solve my problems?
It definitely sounds like your pan didn't get hot enough. For the regular lodge cast iron, take the meat out and leave it at room temp for 1 hour or more (depends on the temps outside), heat the cast iron pan really hot, toss some butter (or oil) on it and cook the ribeye on for 2-3 mins each side and then let it rest uncovered.
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Quote from firemedic1343 View Post :
If you're already using a non-enameled cast iron pan, I don't think buying this will necessarily fix your problems. I think if you simply cook the steak a longer on each side...until you get the desired color, that should solve the issue. You will obviously have to adjust the amount of time you broil the steak afterward.

I will sometimes use peanut or coconut oil in the pan to help with the coloring/texture.

A problem could be that your stove may not get hot enough for the initial searing.

Try cooking a nice ribeye, it should give off enough fat to give you a nice texture and they are harder to overcook.
Quote from tommyvelocity View Post :
It definitely sounds like your pan didn't get hot enough. For the regular lodge cast iron, take the meat out and leave it at room temp for 1 hour or more (depends on the temps outside), heat the cast iron pan really hot, toss some butter (or oil) on it and cook the ribeye on for 2-3 mins each side and then let it rest uncovered.
Thanks for the tips, repped both Smilie.

I think the cast iron gets hot enough - I definitely also left it on the stove to preheat for ~15 minutes before putting the steak on. Problem is my steak came from the fridge, not room temp - so I'll try that.

Also, the lines from the grill bars were very dark, it's the non-lined parts of the meat that were sadly uncolored. Maybe I should go for one without grill lines so the whole steak contacts the heat?
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Quote from tommyvelocity View Post :
It definitely sounds like your pan didn't get hot enough. For the regular lodge cast iron, take the meat out and leave it at room temp for 1 hour or more (depends on the temps outside), heat the cast iron pan really hot, toss some butter (or oil) on it and cook the ribeye on for 2-3 mins each side and then let it rest uncovered.
If you do this to the Costco grill pan, (heat the pan really hot empty), you will crack/chip the enamel very soon. Lodge is the best for steak purpose.
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#73
You are so lucky to be able to shop at Super King!

I sure hope they expand.

I like to look at their ads, even though, it's way to far away.


"Bananas are 3lb/$1.00 at my local store this week, and nearly every week at a different store. Romaine lettuce is 3/$1.00 almost every week at the local Super King store, and it's organic. Their prices BLOW away all the warehouse stores. That's just two of many examples."
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#74
There are rumors that this pan is made by Staub. Has anyone else heard this?
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As someone who has been a member of both Sam's Club and Costco, it amazes me that anyone would pick Sam's Club over Costco. While I agree that Costco is not the ideal places for electronics, their frozen foods, meats, bakery, fruits & vegetables, and pharmacy are great quality-wise and price. Their return policy is outstanding as well. For example, I semi-recently returned a microwave I purchased there 5 years ago because the latch/closing mechanism broke (our fault). They gave me a full refund no questions asked, no hassle what-so-ever. Try that anywhere else and see how far you get. My preference, ...Costco by far!

As far as this grill pan. It's cast iron so it should work with my induction stove. But then I've heard that the enamel coating on the outside blocks the magnetism of the iron. Anyone know definitively because they tried using one or tried sticking a magnet to it themselves? (Sorry, I want first-hand experience only.)
The enamel coating will have no effect on your induction stove. It's not thick enough to interfere.

Regarding Sam's Club vs Costco, I also have both. They are literally across the highway from one another for my closest locations. If I want rotisserie chicken (better seasoning than Costco), beer battered cod, frozen salmon patties, pizza (club made), hot dog or drink from the food court (much better than Costco), Provel, or Michael Angelo's frozen foods, I go to Sam's. If I want cheese slices, yogurt jalapeno dip (tastes like cheese), packaged turkey / chicken, deep dish pizza, potato chips, olive oil, dried cherries, Amylu's Sweet Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers (the ones at Sam's can't begin to compare), Steak Strips (like beef jerky but won't try to tear your teeth out of your skull while eating but also need refrigerating within 3 days after opening), or chicken patties / nuggets I go to Costco. Costco also used to be my go to for things like rechargeable batteries (GREAT price) before they stopped carrying them. Lots of other items are depends who has them, prices, etc.

In general, I find I use Costco way more than I use Sam's and if was choosing to have just one, would pick Costco. The employees are generally happier that I see, are treated better, the lines move faster, the prepared foods tend to be higher quality and with less preservatives, and they frequently get some really nice quality discount items (6 pairs of garden gloves for $5.99, best prices on Sanyo eneloops when they were carrying them Frown , etc.). They also have nice deals on rental cars if you didn't know.
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