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I didn’t even know there was a website called “Extra Crispy,” but lo and behold – there is! A few weeks back I was interviewed by a lovely gentleman about waffle irons. There is a lot of interesting information in his article about the history of waffle irons – you can find the entire article here.

I do feel proud to be a part of the cast iron resurgence, and I love these old vintage pans. From the article:

“Mary Theisen, who restores and sells cast iron as The Pan Handler and has a special expertise in Griswold products, says, “I like to think that I’m restoring and putting back into use pieces of American history. So to me, it’s not just a pan, it’s not just any pan, it’s something that could have been around for over a hundred years. I like knowing that I’m using a piece that is not going to be used, abused, and then thrown into a landfill.” Cast iron is also a “greener” alternative given its longevity, and sidesteps any health risks that nonstick coatings might have. “It’s got health benefits with the leaching of iron. It’s not toxic chemicals leaching.” Waffle irons, she says, enjoy particular rushes around certain holidays, such as Griswold’s “star heart”maker that forges heart-shaped waffles. I forget which holiday they are popular around. I think Presidents’ Day?”

Of course, the heart-star waffle irons (as well as our other heart-shaped products such as patty molds and our heart-star gem pan) are a BIG hit around Valentine’s Day. But then, that is close to President’s Day….isn’t it?


The star of the cover page of the Fall 2016 Edition is a Griswold number 8 large block logo pan from The Pan Handler LLC. Isn’t it beautiful? And the pecan pie looks amazing!

The issue also contains 6 mouth-watering recipes for bundt cakes, made in beautiful cast iron bundt pans from The Pan Handler LLC. Tasty temptations!

You can purchase your copy of Southern Cast Iron here or any of our gorgeous cast iron bundt pans here.



The Fall 2016 edition of Southern Cast Iron Magazine has a wonderful article about the vast cast iron collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil, which was written by the editor – Josh Miller – and me. Viewing the O’Neil collection and museum was amazing; it was an honor to play a part in its documentation.

Photos in the article by the talented Sarah Lamb of S.Lamb Photography. You can purchase a copy of the magazine here. And if you haven’t already, pick up your own 2017 calendar with photos from the collection – photographed by S.Lamb Photography – here.


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Just say NO!

Some folks believe that you can clean your crusty cast iron pans by throwing them into a fire, getting them red-hot, and then letting them cool.

This is a bad idea, as I explained in an earlier blog post (which you can find here).  I recently came across a pan that had endured this treatment. Take a look for yourself:

The pan also cracked – presumably from the heat – you can see it in the third photo. It now also is irreversibly warped, and rocks and spins.

Please treat these old treasured pieces of American history with care. Clean them properly – don’t throw them into  a fire!


Sarah Lamb of S. Lamb Photography is a hardworking young photographer who is also interested in vintage cast iron. Sarah travelled at her own expense with us to Tacoma Washington to visit Marg and Larry O’Neil and take photographs of their cast iron collection. Sarah’s photos are featured in our blog post about the O’Neil collection (and in the forthcoming Fall 2016 issue of Southern Cast Iron magazine).

Sarah’s photography work with vintage cast iron has also been featured in Taste of the South magazine (Jan/Feb 2015 issue), Southern Cast Iron magazine (Fall 2015 Premiere issue), and Playboy – yes, Playboy – magazine (Jan 2015 60th Anniversary issue). When we are overloaded with work, we have paid Sarah to photograph some of our product for listing. Sarah has also photographed – gratis – many events for The Pan Handler LLC, including our cast iron cooking extravaganza and our first cast iron cooking competition. The beautiful background photograph for the header of our website was also taken by Sarah.

Sarah has created a gorgeous 2017 vintage cast iron calendar with photos taken primarily from the O’Neil collection. If you enjoy vintage cast iron and you would like to help support a hardworking young entrepreneur working to build her business (not to mention help to pay for some of Sarah’s travel expenses incurred for the article about the O’Neil collection), you may view and purchase the calendar by following this link to the shop on our website or at Sarah’s website, slambphoto.com. Here is the link to purchase at Sarah’s website. Another way you can help and support Sarah’s small business is to like and share her business Facebook page, which you can find here.

Photos (all taken on rustic wood background) include:

January: Assortment of Antique Gem and French Roll Pans February: Griswold no. 100 and no. 50 Heart Star Pans March: Assortment of Toy Waffle Irons April: Assortment of Griswold and Lodge Enameled Skillets May: Griswold no. 8 Skillet w Milled Bottom and Three Inset Rings June: Assortment of Birmingham Stove & Range Skillets July: Griswold Cast Iron Sundials August: Assortment of Cast Iron Donut and Bun Molds September: Assortment of Martin Skillets, Martin Griddle, Wooden Tamper October: Two “ERIE” (by Griswold) no. 8 Spider Skillets November: Assortment of Bundt Pans December: Assortment of Griswold cake molds: Santa, Rabbit, Lamb

All profits from the sale of the 2017 vintage cast iron calendar will go directly to Sarah, whether purchased via thepan-handler.com or via Sarah’s website.

I will forward orders to Sarah for mailing. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.