If you don’t own any cast iron or have never used that cast iron skillet you inherited from Aunt Edna, here are 10 reasons why you should use cast iron every day.
With cast iron, there are no toxic fumes unlike most non-stick cookware when you get them too hot, and you avoid possible health hazards associated with aluminum cookware.
Stovetop to Oven
Cast iron can withstand high temperatures so it can easily go from stovetop to oven, which is perfect for searing meat and then finishing in the oven. It’s also great for making skillet breads and frittatas.
Not sure why, but people tend to think cast iron is not nonstick. Au contraire, a well-seasoned, preheated piece of cast iron can throw down against any non-stick cookware any day.
Easy Clean up
Clean up really is a breeze with cast iron. If it’s well-seasoned, food should easily lift right off. A good rinse with hot water (don’t use any soap because it can ruin your seasoning) and a thorough drying over some heat and you’re good to go.
Studies have shown that eating foods that have been cooked in cast iron can up your iron levels and, as we all know, iron is good for us and boosts our immune system.
Depending on where you shop, cast iron is pretty moderately priced, but the real bang for your buck is cast iron’s durability. A well cared for piece of cast iron can last through generations of use. Some of us are using pieces that have been handed down from our great-great grandmothers!
Nothing browns a piece of food quite like cast iron can. If you want to cook like a restaurant chef then start cooking with cast iron!
No Need for Kid Gloves
Because of its durability, you can use any kind of utensil in your cast iron and you don’t have to worry about your spouse or your kids using the wrong utensil and wrecking the coating. If the seasoning gets a little gouged, just freshen it up. Remember, this stuff has withstood the test of time.
Cast iron can be used in your home kitchen and in your camp kitchen and is great in an emergency. It can transition from range to oven to gas stove to campfire without breaking a sweat. Cast iron is not afraid of an open flame so if disaster strikes, light a fire in the fireplace and cook a hot meal in your cast iron!
Time Tested, Grandma Approved
Cast iron dates back to about 513 B.C. It has proven itself to be cost-effective, durable, safe, and produces some great food. For more on some of the history of cast iron, see my blog post “Cast Iron Cooking Colonized and Settled America.” Once you start cooking with cast iron, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner!
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