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The Kitchn team loves a good grilled meal during the summer, but firmly believes that all that flavorful goodness can (and should!) be enjoyed all year long — you just need the right tools for the job. Their latest must-have? Le Creuset’s new square grill pan, which is currently on sale for $100 (normally $155). Yep — we’re talking about that Le Creuset; the customer-favorite brand that lasts for decades and comes in a zillion gorgeous colors.
So, do you really need this grill pan? One thousand times yes. Like all of Le Creuset’s items, the 9.5-inch grill pan is made from high-grade cast iron, with edges and handles that are enameled. It also comes in a huge range of colors — we’re not telling you how to live your life, but Nectar serves up some serious “goes with every season” decor vibes. The pan’s square shape means it fits perfectly onto a single burner, so you can keep your sauces and side dishes rocking while you grill the main event. And like all Le Creuset items, it comes with a lifetime warranty — but we doubt you’ll need it. This pan is virtually indestructible; it’s safe for use on electric, gas, ceramic, induction, and halogen cooktops, and is even oven- and dishwasher-safe.
The secret to the pan’s flawless execution lies in its cast iron technology. Unlike flimsier materials, cast iron retains heat so the surface temperature won’t plummet when you add food to the pan. And, since Le Creuset pieces are so well-made, there are also no “hot spots” in the pan. In other words: You don’t have to play Tetris as you grill, moving food around to ensure it cooks evenly.