Cast Iron Skillet Love

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I grew up watching my dad cook pretty much everything in a cast iron skillet.  He used the skillet for stove top and oven dishes. What I remember most is the seasoning process. This process was done with as much care and concern as preparing of the food.

When my dad passed away, I found not only a healthy collection of cast iron cook ware, but a 3X5 spiral notebook of his recipes to help fill them.

Of course, of course there are Cast Iron blogs full of recipes and how to take care of them. The sites make me wish that I had taken better notes from my dad who somehow maintained pristine cast iron skillets.  I did find some places that have good step by step processes, And as I remembered, it is a labor of love and not for someone who wants a quick  and easy clean up.

http://www.thekitchn.com/35-ways-to-love-your-cast-iron-skillet-190282

Black Iron Blog

http://www.richsoil.com/cast-iron.jsp

Cast-Iron Skillets: Three Reasons They’re Great

By Diana Tran, MSN, dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University. 

Although there are many benefits in using a cast iron skillet, be aware that these pans are heavy and require a little bit more attention than a typical pan. To find out more about cooking with cast iron cooking, visit www.Lodgemfg.com.  

Ever wonder what the big fuss is about when it comes to cast iron for your everyday cooking? There are plenty of benefits in using cast iron. Here are the top three:

  1. Nonstick properties: When properly cared for, cast iron has a naturally nonstick surface that minimizes the amount of oil you need to cook.
  2. Iron Fortified: Cast iron also increases the iron content of food up to 20 times, especially when it’s an acidic food such as tomato sauce. The longer the food has contact with the pan, the more it absorbs. Iron is an important mineral and is beneficial in producing red blood cells.
  3. Versatile: Cast iron’s third great strength is its versatility. You can use it for sautéing, deep or shallow frying, stir frying and baking. It can be used on an electric or gas stove, on an open fire or in an oven. Another bonus is that the pan evenly distributes heat, promoting uniform cooking.

To season your pan properly, follow these simple steps:

  • Hand-wash the pan with hot water. No soap is needed. Never place a cast-iron skillet in the dishwasher due to the detergent’s effect of removing the seasoning.
  • Remove burnt-on food by scrubbing the pan with coarse salt and a nonmetal brush.
  • Dry the pan immediately after each wash and lightly coat the surface with a neutral oil such as canola or coconut oil.
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