Friday, August 28, 2020

Cast Iron Trivets Reviewed

Cast Iron Trivets Reviewed
My Cast Iron Cow Trivet
I like to surround myself with pretty things that are functional. After all, an item doesn't have to be ugly simply because it is utilitarian.  This is especially true in the kitchen.

I have cooked with a cast iron skillet for as long as I can remember.  I use a cast iron trivet, which I have also had for as long as I can remember, to protect my counter top from the extremely hot and heavy skillet.  However, I recently purchased a cast iron dutch oven for baking bread. I immediately realized that I needed a second cast iron trivet for my new dutch oven's lid which is equally as hot and heavy as the pot itself.

I happened to be exploring an antique store a few weeks ago when I came across an adorable dog cast iron trivet finished just like my cow trivet.  Well, of course, I had to have that!  The dog trivet had a hanger on it which gives it a dual purpose.  It is also kitchen decor.  Yes, I can hang it right on my wall where it will be very convenient and easy to find when needed.

After I got home, I looked at my long time friend, the cow cast iron trivet. I couldn't believe it!  She has a hole for hanging too that I never noticed before.  It was pretty exciting to discover that my pretty cow can also be displayed.  

Using functional cast iron trivets as "pictures".  I love it!


Functional Beauty of Cast Iron Trivets


Unlike many current day trivets that sit flat on a counter top, my cast iron trivets are raised on feet.  That allows the pot or skillet to cool from the bottom as well as the top and sides while protecting my counters from the intense heat.  Since they are also made of cast iron, they are perfectly designed for the weight of cast iron cookware.


Features of the Cast Iron Trivets

Puppy Cast iron Trivet
My Newly Acquired Puppy Cast Iron Trivet
  • Protective rubber feet to protect walls or counter tops 
  • Strong enough to hold heavy skillets, pots & pans
  • Tolerates heat from hot pan without sustaining damage
  • Available in a variety of designs 

My trivets are bronze, clearly from an era when brass was prominent in home decor.  New cast iron trivets are most often black, which match the standard cast iron cookware.  However, there are a few available that are painted like the rooster trivet shown below.

Now, if I only had more wall space in my kitchen, I could have a whole barnyard of animal trivets surrounding me.  





Antique Cast Iron Trivets


If you prefer the bronze or antique trivets, Ebay is the perfect source.  Keep it mind, if you don't see one you love on Ebay today (linked for easy access), you just might see one tomorrow.  Items on Ebay change constantly thanks to the vast numbers of sellers on the site.






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15 comments:

  1. Well now, this is for sure a handy kitchen tool and one that I don't have. I use my cast iron skillets often and use a kitchen towel or a cutting board to set them on the counter. These trivets are something that I certainly need to look into. Thanks!

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    1. I completely understand the choice of a kitchen towel or cutting board to protect the counters! Until I got the puppy cast iron trivet, I was using a large oven mitt (for the double thick padding) under my cast iron dutch oven lid.

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  2. What fun to have practical and useful cast iron trivets in the shape of whimsical animals. Much more decorative than your plain basic shapes of squares & circles, etc.

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    1. I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you, creator of crochet critters, that I love the animal shapes. They do add a nice touch of whimsy in my kitchen.

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  3. OMG, I just found out I don't have any of these trivets either. They are pretty and useful and I think my kitchen could use some sprucing up with one or two of these cast iron trivets. I wonder if they have ladybugs or hummingbirds.....I will just have to check it out. Thanks Miss Sylvestermouse Cynthia for giving me a reason to go shopping!

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    1. I haven't seen ladybugs, but it wouldn't surprise me. I'm fairly sure I have seen a hummingbird cast iron trivet. You will have to come back and let me know what you find. It is fun seeking out something unique that suits you. Happy hunting!

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  4. I too like pretty and functional. Good review on some pretty trivets.

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    1. Thank you Mary Beth! I'm not surprised that we have that in common.

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  5. Your bronze-coated cast iron cow and puppy trivets are adorable! I inherited a pair of lovely black cast iron scrollwork trivets that I treasure. Before that, I, too, used potholders as a substitute, but they were never large enough for my big pans or casserole dishes, and the insulation in most potholders isn't intended to protect against the heat for more than a few seconds (as I was reminded every time I used one to carry a hot roasting pan from the oven for longer than that, lol). A folded towel provides even less insulation. And, since we have old Formica countertops that can't take the heat, I much prefer using trivets that elevate the hot pans from the surface.

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    1. You are so right about potholders only giving a limited amount of protection. When we moved into our current home, the Welcome Wagon gave us a bag of awesome community business gifts that included an oven mitt from the fire department. It has spoiled me! You never feel the heat through that oven mitt. Just this year I purchased new oven mitts and was extremely disappointed. They offer very little protection. Just enough that I don't get burned, but I can definitely feel the heat and I don't like it at all. I know you treasure your cast iron trivets from your mom. That makes them all the more special.

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  6. Oh I love these cast iron trivets. When we finally get our kitchen reno done I think these would look great and serve a very useful purpose. I totally agree with you about surrounding ourselves with items that are pretty and functional. I really like the hearts and the owl.

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    1. I have never had my kitchen fully renovated. I know it is a lot of stress, noise and inconvenience, but how exciting it will be when you have it finished. I think every kitchen should have a pretty cast iron trivet. You may not need it daily, but when you do, their durability can't be beat.

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  7. Ms Mouse, I LOVE cast iron trivets and I have them at The Shack. Well, it's not The Shack anymore. Haha. But I used them for my skillets and pots after cooking on the woodstove. I actually have that heart trivet. They are functional and beautiful. I think I need that owl trivet.

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    1. I can see how the cast iron trivet is essential for you Dawn! You use your dutch oven often for baking too and they get really hot. Of course, that heat retention is what makes them great for cooking. I think the heart trivet is very pretty. It seems appropriate to me that you have the heart. Your kind heart is what I have always admired and loved about you.

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  8. Cynthia, these are lovely. I've never really heard of them. Although, yes, the cooling aspect, but to hang them or feature them as decorative pieces is a terrific idea. Cast iron, rod iron etc, is my fave type of decor. I just may have to consider a way to fit this concept into my kitchen!

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