“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” might be more or less an empty generational badge of honor, but when the phrase rings particularly true when it comes to cast iron cookware.
Because in principle, the older and more hardened a cast iron cooking vessel becomes, the better it gets. But also because throughout the late 19th century into the 20th, the cast iron cookware industry was a prosperous one, and many manufacturers were making high-quality cast iron beauties as a de facto necessity of life.
One of those manufacturers went by the name of Griswold, which has become a much sought-after trademark by outdoor and antique enthusiasts alike. If you’d like a piece of the action, outdoor heritage goods peddler Best Made Co. is selling off a huge lot of refurbished, mostly Griswold vintage cookware this weekend.
As the New York Times reported, the Griswold pieces were made between 1900 and 1960, and include Dutch ovens, corn-stick pans and waffle irons. Prices range from $50 to $250. Word to the wise: if you come across a 12-inch frying pan, pick that up with a quickness.
New Yorkers can get a jump on the sale at Best Made Company’s TriBeCa location. The rest of you will have to wait until the sale hits the web on Monday. It'll be worth it, trust.