The majority of cooking in my kitchen is done with cast iron pans. Why? Cast iron is virtually indestructible and can easily go from stove-top to oven to open flame. Actually, I can’t think of where it can’t go. (Well, maybe not a microwave but we don’t own one.) Cast iron is easy to maintain and requires little cleaning, but it’s s also inexpensive and long lasting. Most people get hung up on the seasoning of them.
Here’s the seasoning secret: seasoning cast iron is nothing more than putting a glaze on the raw metal so that when you cook with it, the food doesn’t stick. After the initial seasoning is done, they’re super easy to maintain.
What else do I like? No added chemicals. I used to wonder what was peeling off our non-stick pans and going into our food but with cast iron, there’s no peeling.
To season cast iron, simply warm your oven to about 250 degrees and wipe or brush your cookware with olive oil. Place in the oven for 20 minutes and repeat. Do this several times and your pan is ready for action! Clean it with water, baking soda (make this clever baking soda shaker) and a metal scrubby. Don’t let water sit on it otherwise you’ll get rust spots. Don’t be tricked into letting it soak either (my husband and kids think ‘soaking’ is good – it’s really their way of trying to skip out of work) because rusty pans require a little seasoning touch up.
Here’s a short how to video…
Our first cast iron pan was a wedding gift from Brad’s grandmother. As a young bride and inexperienced cook, I almost got rid of the cast iron pan because everything stuck to it! Don’t make my same mistake. Keep the cast iron and season it. It can definitely take the heat in the kitchen!
Do you cook on cast iron? How do you keep it seasoned?
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