Dear Answer Man, have you ever seen the world’s largest skillet? It’s in Iowa — I drove by it last week. — P.S.
No, I haven’t seen the world’s largest frying pan, but I know exactly where it is, and it’s not in Iowa. The largest in Iowa is in Brandon, which is about 140 miles south of Rochester near Interstate 380. The pan was manufactured in 2004 and is 9 feet, 3 inches across at the rim, 8 feet at the bottom, and weighs 1,200 pounds.
Supposedly, it accommodates 528 eggs, but I’m not sure if that’s fried, scrambled or in the shell. It’s big, nonetheless, and some refer to it as the biggest on planet Earth. But after the fact, the Brandon frying pan makers learned there’s one in Long Beach, Wash., that’s a titch bigger — 14 feet, 6 inches, from stem to stern, and 9 feet, 6 inches across at the rim — and it’s been around since 1941. So they surrendered the title.
There’s an even bigger one in Rose Hill, N.C., that measures 15 feet across, according to the North Carolina tourism people, and there are two others in Maine and Delaware.
I’m not about to drive to North Carolina, Washington, Maine or Delaware to see a big frying pan, but I might drive to Brandon, depending on what’s in the pan. And isn’t it strange that in the land of Paul Bunyan, we don’t have a world-class frying pan?
Speaking of IRET
Since I noticed this in the Twin Cities media, I’ll just note that IRET, the Minot, N.D.-based company that owns nine apartment buildings in Rochester, has sold one of the most historic office buildings in downtown Minneapolis, the Thresher Square building. That sale is in keeping with what I reported Saturday, that IRET is ramping down its commercial and retail holdings.