The Right Tool Makes All the Difference.
If the kitchen is your favorite room in the house, you know that having the right tool can mean the difference between a blue-ribbon biscuit and one that’s flat as a fritter. Eat Y’all travels all over the South to find the best farmers, makers and chefs out there, and along the way we find some amazing Southern-made culinary tools that have become tried and true favorites in our own kitchens. As always, we’re gonna share! Let us know about your favorite tools for the kitchen, too. We’d love to hear from you.
LODGE CAST IRON
Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). Yet out of this tiny community comes the finest cast iron cookware in the world. Lodge Cast Iron began making cookware during the first presidential term of William McKinley. Amazingly, some of the first cast iron skillets, griddles and dutch ovens made over 100 years ago are still being put to good use.
Lodge Cast Iron remains a family owned, family operated business producing the most extensive selection of quality cast iron goods on the market. Lodge now offers an expanded line of cast iron cookware, including Dutch ovens, the largest selection of cast iron skillets on the market, deep fryers,and more. When cooking outdoors, Lodge Cast Iron goes too, with camp Dutch ovens, griddles, combo cookers and grills of unparalleled quality.
MIDDLETON MADE KNIVES
Middleton Made Knives is a new venture by bladesmith Quintin Middleton based in Saint Stephen, South Carolina – a small town outside of historic Charleston. Using high carbon steel, each knife is custom made to the exact specifications requested by each customer. Quintin puts great care into each piece and he stands by the simple philosophy that every great chef needs a great knife, at a great price.