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How to Choose the Best Lid for Your Cast Iron

By: Lodge Cast Iron / June 30, 2022

With so many options available, it’s sometimes tricky to pick the right lid for your cookware. From cast iron to dutch oven, we have you covered. Many Lodge lids are compatible with multiple items, and you may already have one that works with the piece you want to add to your kitchen. That’s where this guide comes in to help—use it to find a perfect-fitting lid to top off your pot or pan next time you make mouthwatering braised chicken, flavorful jambalaya, or creamy skillet queso.

Skillet with lid

Cast Iron Lids

Cast Iron Lids

Glass Lids

Glass lid guide

Now that you’ve chosen the right size, you may wonder if you should go with a glass or cast iron lid

Glass Lids are lightweight and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. This is the way to go if you want to watch your food as it cooks without removing the lid and losing heat and moisture. Our glass lids are oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. They work well for sautéing veggies, simmering sauces, or finishing off a fried egg.

Our cast iron lids are designed with self-basting tips to evenly circulate moisture as your food cooks. They also have great durability and a more secure fit, providing better high-heat capabilities for baking bread and braising meats.

Simple tips: Caring for a cast iron lid

Cast iron lid care

Just like cast iron pans, cast iron lids are easy to care for. After cooking, simply clean the lid as you would a pan, dry it, and then oil it, especially the underside that is in contact with steam during cooking. We recommend storing lids separately from pans as moisture can build up in the closed vessel; alternately, these Pot Protectors keep moisture from getting locked in a pan and creating rust.

My lid is rusted, what now?

It happens! Leaving a lid flat on a towel or countertop to dry is a common way to generate a small layer of rust on the interior. But have no fear: it’s easy to remove! Simply use steel wool our best-selling Rust Eraser to remove visible rust. Then, wash the lid with gentle soap, dry it, and apply a thin layer of oil to reseason the surface.

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