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© 2014 Shanna Lea
I grew up cooking with cast iron cookware. I started cooking at a very early age and always favored cast iron over any other type of cookware. Cast iron is a true culinary workhorse. It can go from stovetop to the oven to the outdoor grill or a blazing campfire with ease. No matter what you cook in it, the food looks and tastes better when it’s cooked in cast iron.
Here are 5 Reasons I Love My Cast Iron Cookware:
Versatility: Cast iron is so versatile. It can be used in and on many different cooking surfaces like:
- Stove top
- In the oven
- Under the broiler
- On the grill
- Over campfire
- In the campfire coals (this is truly the ultimate, most scrumptious way of cooking—and the it’s best to use a Dutch oven with ‘legs’ for cooking in the coals)
This versatility saves time and money, since you can do everything in one pot. No need for a bunch of extra pots and pans to wash and store.
I like making a big pot roast in a Dutch oven. Just heat the Dutch oven, brown all sides of the roast, then add the remaining ingredients before putting it all into the oven.
You don’t even need a big roasting pan. Just use the largest cast iron skillet to roast a whole pastured chicken in it. You can also sear steaks in the skillet on the stove top and finish them in the oven without needing to wash another dish.
Economical: Whether you buy your cast iron new from Amazon or used at a yard sale, it’s a steal either way. The simplest form of cast iron is called ‘raw’ cast iron (the black color) and is the traditional cast iron what you will see used in most kitchens and campsites.
There are colorful enameled varieties now too, and though they cost more, they are also a good investment. Some of the well known brands of old-fashioned cast iron cookware have also come out with their own enameled versions that rival the designer brands.
If you want a solid piece of cookware that will last not only your lifetime, but also to hand down to the next generation, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on lots of cookware, cast iron is the best place to start.
Durability: Cast iron is nearly indestructible. That doesn’t mean the seasoned finish can’t be damaged, but even if it is, it can be fixed most of the time.
First, cook some bacon or another fatty meat in it. If that doesn’t produce the results you want, re-season the pan to restore the finish to its previous luster.
This is why cast iron cookware is handed down for generations—it lasts forever!
Practical: Have you ever started a meal on the stovetop and then realized it needed to finish cooking under the broiler? It can be a pain to transfer the food from one pan to another, but there’s no need to if you are using a cast iron skillet. The handle won’t melt and the whole pan won’t crack from the heat.
Unlike regular pots and pans or fancy specialty cookware, cast iron is no-nonsense. This means you don’t have to think about anything but the meal you are cooking and gathering everyone around the table.
Sentimentality: If you look back through the history of cooking, you will notice that cast iron has always been the mainstay of kitchens everywhere, usually with beans and cornbread as the center of the meal. Cast iron is associated with warm, happy memories of delicious meals shared with family and friends. You may have memories of camping or hunting trips or even historical re-enactment groups, where this simple yet durable cookware is always working in the background.
Check out Amazon’s selection of cast iron cookware and cookbooks below
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