What Size Cast Iron Skillet Should I Buy?

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Q: I’ve only been living on my own for a few months, but the kitchen is quickly becoming my favorite place to be. As I slowly add to my ever-growing array of cooking equipment, it’s becoming evident that one of my next purchases should be a cast iron skillet — but what size is a good bet for a first timer?

I live on my own, so I’m generally cooking just for me. I think I’ll be using it for oven-cooked steaks, bacon and eggs, and I’d love to try to bake in it. What do you think?

Sent by Abigail

Editor: Abigail, personally I would go for a 9 or 10 inch skillet — not too big, not too small. Readers, what would you suggest?

Also, take a peek at a few good tips for cleaning, seasoning, and cooking in a cast iron skillet:

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