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Cast Iron Cookware

By Edited Jun 22, 2015 3 3

Cooks all over the world know the benefits of cooking in cast-iron pots, pans, skillets or even on griddles or grills. Many home and professional cooks make cast-iron their "go to" piece in the kitchen. cast-iron cookware is probably the best type of cookware you could ever choose to buy or own. It cooks food very, very quickly while sealing in the flavor and goodness.  cast-iron cookware is in available in a multitude of choices ranging from skillets to  Dutch ovens to griddles to bakeware to any other type of cookware you can imagine.

cast-iron Cookware Benefits

cast-iron is actually the first non stick surface cookware ever made. The best part of cast-iron

cooking pieces as opposed to other non stick surface pots and pans is cast-iron does not emit harmful fumes. There also are no harmful chemicals released from the cooking surface which then leach onto your food. The only thing that leaches onto your food is iron which is beneficial to many people.

Avoid This When Using cast-iron Skillets and Pots

There are some foods that should not be cooked in or on new cast-iron surfaces such as tomatoes, tomato sauces and foods that have a high citric acid content such as lemons, limes or oranges. These foods can be safely cooked in and on well seasoned pots, pans, skillets and dutch ovens although not on a regular basis.

Do not make it a habit to boil water in your cast-iron pots. The boiling water can remove the all important seasoning from the cookware. If the seasoning is removed, your cast-iron pots and pans will rust.

Never allow dirty pots, pans, dutch ovens, gridles and bakeware to soak in water before cleaning as this will also promote rusting.

A Case Where Old May Be Better Than New

Old seasoned cast-iron cookware can be better than new pots and pans. cast-iron cook ware gets better and better with age.

Consider buying used cast-iron pots, pots, skillets, griddles and bake ware even if you can afford a new set or pieces. You can find a wide range of used cookware at garage sales, yard sales, flea markets and on eBay.

Don't let the fact that someone else used it concern you because any type of bacteria or virus is destroyed at 160° and you can easily heat the cookware up beyond those temperatures.

If you can't stomach the idea of used cooking pieces -- you are not alone! Choose good quality cooking pieces if you choose to buy new, the investment will be well worth it in the end. In fact cast-iron lasts so long you will probably be able to pass it down to the next generation before ever even getting close to wearing it out.

More To Think About

Be forewarned these cooking pieces are very heavy. That can deter many people from buying it, but look at it this way, you get your daily work out while cooking dinner. The taste and texture ofyour food makes the weight lifting worthwhile.

Never put any type of cast-iron cookware in the dishwasher. The harsh d
ishwasher detergent and forceful spray of water will remove your seasoning and cause your  cookware to rust.

Never use dish detergent or dish soap on these cooking pieces. Again, you will ruin your seasoning.

Something To Never Forget

Season your cast-iron cookware. Seasoning is the most important part of owning and using cast-iron.

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Comments

Feb 28, 2012 8:19am
eileen
Great article on cast iron cookware. We travel a lot and would not go anywhere without our camp oven they are terrific. You can cook anything in them just with a few hot coals. I cook roasts, sweets, puddings,bread in fact anything at all.
Feb 28, 2012 9:05am
Jack_Luca
We couldn't cook without our cast iron. It really is an amazing difference.
Feb 28, 2012 1:38pm
EGreen
There's a lot of good information in this article. Great tips about what to do and likewise what not to do with cast iron cookware.
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