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I just got my first cast iron skillet, it's brand new pre-seasoned. While I know cast iron is generally porous, I was surprised to see actual visible pores in there. Is it normal for cast iron cookware to have these sort of pores?
If the pan was cast in sand, and it looks like that one was, it's not unusual at all. As long as you have a good seasoning on it, I think it should be fine.