Help! My favorite skillet has developed a crack. Can it be fixed?
—Jeremy B., South Carolina
A cracked skillet can still be used for what Jeff Rogers calls “light-duty” cooking, such as making cornbread. But if it’s a family heirloom, handed down through the generations, we recommend that you retire it from active duty, hang it on the wall, and show it off as a family heirloom. Even with light use, you never know when a faint crack will be enough to break a piece in two.