Lodge is economical and great for beginners. Le Creuset and Staub are definitely $$ but worth it! I have them all, and don't have a favorite!
Cast Iron can get too hot too fast, so heat it up slow to start so you can gauge how much heat you need.
Clean and season you pans after every use so they last forever! And they WILL! Best kitchen investment ever!
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