Butter Pat Industries

WHAT’S IN A NAME?: BUTTER PAT INDUSTRIES

Pick up a pristinely polished Butter Pat skillet, and you’ll notice a single letter emblazoned on the sturdy handle. To the average cook, this undescriptive code may not mean much, but for founder Dennis Powell, these letters represent his life, family, and inspiration.

Butter Pat Industries began when Dennis cracked his heirloom cast-iron skillet—a treasured gift passed down from his grandmother. When he realized he couldn’t fix it, he became determined to make two vintage-inspired skillets to give to each of his sons. He began researching cast iron, studying older pieces, and new methods, and after years of trial and error, landed on a formula that struck gold. What began as a personal project exploded into a full-blown foundry that produces some of the smoothest skillets in the industry today. When it came to labeling the skillets, Dennis wanted them to honor his biggest influencers—the women in his life. Now, with four skillets—the Estee, Heather, Joan, and Lili—it’s clear his company has done just that.

Unlike many other cast iron companies, Butter Pat measures their skillets by the cooking surface diameter rather than the rim diameter. This bit of knowledge is key when ordering a pan with cooking in mind because pan size is crucial to so many recipes. When we’re cooking with Butter Pat skillets, we simply add two inches to their marketed measurement for an easy conversion. For example, the Heather is advertised as an 8-inch cooking surface but measures 10 inches across the top. So for our recipes, the Heather functions as a 10-inch skillet.

4 COMMENTS

    • Depending on the age of the skillet, the number may refer to the size of the woodburning stove “eye.” From https://www.castironcollector.com/numbers.php :

      “Often, the assumption is erroneously made that the large numeral, found normally either on the top of the handle or on the bottom of a piece, indicates its diameter in inches. A measurement of both the top and the bottom rim of a pan, however, will quickly confirm that the number has no direct correlation to either dimension.

  1. (Cast Iron Skillet Pan, 15 Inch)
    Skillet is great. Only downside is it wasn’t properly seasoned. But after a few coats with canola oil and after a few times cooking with it, it’s seasoned perfectly now.

    I took it camping and cooked bacon and eggs over the fire… worked like a charm!

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