Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Does anyone use cast iron anymore?
Cast iron lasts for years when cared for properly. It doesn't warp or dent.It will cook well at a wide range of temperatures.
It can be used to fry foods on top of the stove or to bake in the oven. Its uniform conductivity makes cast iron the ideal choice for slow-cooking desserts, as well as for frying and sautes.
Here's the big reason I cook with Cast Iron Skillets!
Cast iron skillets add iron to our food. There are many Americans who lack iron in their diets today. Doctors often recommend cast iron skillets for patients who are anemic or borderline anemic (low iron levels in the blood).
Other Good Reasons to cook with cast iron:
• Strong and Sturdy - Cast iron cookware will definitely last a lifetime and then some. Just try and put a dent in one of these things! Seasoned cast iron is impervious to rust and will actually improve during years of use. Even if you let your cast iron get a little rusty, all you have to do is remove off the rust, re-season the pan and you're off and running.
• Even Cooking - Cast iron is a very dense metal that heats very slowly as compared to metals like copper and aluminum. But once heated, cast iron will hold that heat for a long time. The metal also gives a steady heat that helps food brown and cook evenly.
• Nonstick Cooking without Nonstick Coating - The seasoning on a cast iron skillet does more than protect it from corroding, it also gives the surface a naturally nonstick coating. We can cook pancakes, omelets and many other delicate foods without fear that they will stick. A newly seasoned cast iron skillet might still have some sticky spots, but the surface will become more nonstick as the pan is used over time.
• Stove Top to Oven -Cast iron ware can used over the highest flame on the stove top, keep it at a medium heat in the oven, or stick it in the coals of a campfire. Use Cast Iron to start a recipe that start on a burner and then finish in the oven, like seared fish.
• Multi-Tasking Tool - Cast iron can wear a lot of hats in the kitchen. We've used our big skillet to replace a roasting pan, to make pizza on the stovetop and as a hot plate when simmering something on very low heat. If you have limited storage space in your kitchen, investing in just a few pieces of cast iron can help cut down on the clutter.
• Inexpensive - With prices on just about everything creeping steadily upwards, it's nice to find an honest-to-goodness real deal out there. You can find a large skillet for around $30 at Walmart..