Some of the best home cooked meals must be prepared using a cast-iron skillet. But it takes dozens of uses in order to season one, as the food you cook slowly ads its essence to the skillet, creating that famous, non-stick black coating. Seasoning a pan this way can take years... until now. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets ($10-$40) ship pre-seasoned, the result of a secret process that uses vegetable oil and high temperature gas ovens to create the perfect patina. Grills ($140) and Dutch Ovens ($40-$100) are also available. Just don't tell Grandma that you cheated.