New Cast Iron Grill Pan

I ordered a pre-seasoned Old Mountain cast iron grill pan from Amazon and it just arrived in the mail ( It is double sided with the grill on one side and a griddle on the other and it fits over two burners. This is the first grill pan I have ever owned. I also don't have a grill, so I am excited to learn to grill indoors. I am planning to use it today, and I plan to grill a steak on it. I am also going to grill veggies, like eggplant, onion, peppers, potatoes, scallions, etc. Any other suggestions/recipes to make on a grill pan?

One concern I have is that there was a review of the product on Amazon that said their pan cracked after a few uses. I have gas burners. Is there a way to heat the grill pan carefully to prevent it from cracking? I'm afraid of scorching hot chards of iron flying all over my kitchen. Maybe I should start with the lowest flame to let it slowly heat up? Does anyone have this particular cast iron grill pan and know if it is good quality? Maybe this could make a good article for those kitchen gadget reviews (hint hint ;))


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