Many great American chefs put Lodge Cast Iron on the list of the ten most essential tools in their kitchen. That's because Lodge Cast iron cooks best. Not even the most expensive stainless or aluminum cookware can rival the even heating, heat retention, versatility, value, and the durability of Lodge Cast Iron. The raw iron piece is hand prepared before several layers of enamel are applied and baked in very high temperature ovens.The outstanding design allows the cookware to be taken from the stove or oven directly to the table. Lodge Enamel is dishwasher safe but hand washing keeps best appearance. Great for gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops on low to medium heat settings. Ideal for inside kitchen ovens - for best performance, use below 500 degrees.