The BP long read, musing on the past, present, and future of our pans.

NUMBERS GAME

NUMBERS GAME

What’s in a number? It’s a question commonly asked when it comes to cast iron, as these symbols—6s, 8s, 10s, and so on—were often inscribed onto the handle or bottom of many an antique pan.
August 30, 2019
LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF CAST IRON

LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF CAST IRON

We know we might be a little biased, but we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, especially coming out of the historic month of July that holds our great nation’s Independence Day: the cast-iron skillet should be on the American flag. 
August 06, 2019
LEGS AND ALL

LEGS AND ALL

Cooking soft-shell crabs, there is no right or wrong way—sautéed, grilled, fried—but there are a few tips to save you time and trouble. Whatever you’ve been taught, know that size doesn’t matter. Just always buy them live, preferably cleaned, and keep them on ice until it’s time.
June 11, 2019
MUST LOVE DOGS

MUST LOVE DOGS

There’s a bit of an unofficial motto around here at the Butter Pat offices. Three simple words that sum up who we are as people, and as a company, and the kind we like to keep. It might say more about our ethos than any marketing team could make up. And we have a feeling, if you’re cooking on cast iron, you might abide by the maxim, too.
April 26, 2019
OUT OF THE ORDINARY

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

It all started with a broken pan. Here we were, along the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, and there it sat, on the ground before us. “A black pan,” as our grandmother, Estee, used to nonchalantly call it—a 10-inch, unmarked hunk of cast iron that held little if any value, except of course, that it was hers—nearly split in two.

March 14, 2019
IN THE PURSUIT OF STORIES

IN THE PURSUIT OF STORIES

Here at Butter Pat, we love a good story. The kind that stick in our craw, that lean us back in our chairs, or leave us slapping our knees. That we listen to intently over cocktails, or tell with gusto around the campfire. They’re usually the long, rambling, roundabout ones that make us slow down and stay awhile. Introducing, the Shaggy Dog

February 12, 2019