Don’t be a show-off: carry your pan with two hands.

On every Butter Pat skillet, there is an elegant feature that serves both style and function. The tab at the top of your pan—as well as the bottom, for owners of our Homers, Erics, and Joes—aren’t just meant to be a nameplate for our brand; we want you to use them. When you pick up a piece of cast iron, especially a big one like the Joan or Lili, you should always be using two hands.

It brings up one of our most commonly asked questions: “Why are your handles short?” To put it simply, they’re not. In fact, they’re ergonomically designed for the exact proportion of the average adult hand and forearm. And if you had a longer handle on a large pan, you’d probably still be using all 10 digits to haul it from A to B.

Instead, the next time you find yourself lifting a skillet—be it to put it in the oven, on the stove, into the sink, or around a live fire—we encourage you to move it in a way that makes the most sense: by holding both sides, the handle and the tab. 

No need to be a show-off. After all, it’s likely hot, or has food inside it, and at its lightest, that thing’s still iron.

Keep your meals where they’re supposed to be. Save your wrists. Thank us later. 

June 14, 2023 — Dennis Powell