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Cooking With Cast Iron Cookware

Updated on January 12, 2015
Cast iron pots and pans are unique in their function and care.
Cast iron pots and pans are unique in their function and care.

Old fashioned cookware that lasts virtually forever.

The flavors that come out of using this metal for cooking is unreal, and over time, will only get better. I have been cooking like this for longer than I can remember, and let me tell you, that I will NEVER go back to anything else!!

I love the ease of cooking with a perfectly seasoned Cast Iron skillet, and the mouth watering flavors that my food incorporate from being cooked on one as well.

They help prevent burning with the thickness of the base and because they distribute heat more evenly throughout. Believe it or not, cast iron becomes non stick if taken care of properly.

The great thing about using cast iron compared to Teflon non stick pans, is that cast iron skillets contain NO chemicals like PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), and everyone knows that keeping away from exposing ourselves to chemicals is usually a good thing.

Another great asset to cooking with cast iron is written within the name itself... That's right, IRON. Did you realize that every time you cook with cast iron you get that marvelous mineral that your body needs in your diet? Some need more iron than others; for instance, the majority of women need more iron intake.

It is always best to ingest our vitamins and minerals in the most natural way possible, without having to take supplements, and this is a way to incorporate iron into our diets without even thinking about it. By cooking healthier, your body will stay healthier.

Cast iron frying pans can naturally season themselves over time.

Potatoes and red peppers being cooked up in a cast iron frying pan.
Potatoes and red peppers being cooked up in a cast iron frying pan.
Cast iron tea kettle.
Cast iron tea kettle.

Pots, pans, and kettles.

I love cooking with my cast iron pans and would never trade them for any other cooking surface in the kitchen, and if you are anything like me, you love yours just as much.

I cook everything from eggs for breakfast, to sauteed onions and mushrooms to top off the perfect dinner.

If you haven't fallen in love with your cookware then you aren't using the right stuff!

There is a right and a wrong way to season your pans.

Here is a video that will help you throughout the life of your Cast Iron Cookware. Some will show you how to pre-season (or re-season if need be), and the other will show you how to properly clean it as well.

There IS a right and a wrong way to clean and maintain Cast Iron, so please be self aware to be able to have the best flavors you can have cooking your favorite meals.

With so many benefits to cooking with cast iron, and so many ways to do it with ease, will you switch over to a more natural metal to cook with, or have you already started making the switch?

Even if you already cook with these pots and pans, any of these products would make a great gift for a friend or family member.

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    • amandamarie31 profile image

      amandamarie31 

      4 years ago

      I gottta say yep gotta have the cast irons those are a must

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @WedgeAntilles: I actually just re-seasoned my cast iron pans not even a week ago, and man do they ever make cooking slick and easy! I have never purchased a teflon pan, and guarantee that I will never buy one anywhere in my future! Cast Iron all the way :)

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Anyone who has never cooked with cast iron, just doesn't realize what they are missing. They are my all time favourite product, and almost all that I use.

    • WedgeAntilles profile image

      Wedge Antilles 

      4 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      Cast iron sure beats the Sith out of many, if not all, modern cookware that, to me, is too light and had a tendency to burn foods on the bottom if you are not watching them constantly and stirring/flipping, etc. Also, a well seasoned and maintained cast iron pot, pan, fry pan, griddle, etc. is just as, if not more so, non-stick as anything on the market today. You also don't have to worry about teflon or other coating getting to hot and state to flake off into your food; when that happens you need to get rid of the pan ASAP as at this point it is releasing toxic gases into the air of your house.

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I agree - they should be an essential for every kitchen.

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @Otto Phillips: I have cooked with cast iron since I was a teenager, the taste is unbeatable!!

    • Otto Phillips profile image

      Otto Phillips 

      4 years ago

      Those onions look delicious! Cast iron cooking makes too much sense and is a great alternative to the bbq especially in the winter.

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @Lorelei Cohen: I had a pretty good teacher in the kitchen growing up, and was taught all sorts of great stuff, but even with all of those teachings, I sure have learned a ton since then as well. Thanks to the greatest teacher I've ever had!!

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Once you cook with a properly seasoned Cast Iron product, you will never want to go back to anything else, I guarantee! Cast Iron cookware is truly the way to go in the kitchen!

    • Lorelei Cohen profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I love my cast iron pans too and I could never see cooking in the kitchen without them. Growing up on a farm with a wood stove cast iron was the majority of our cookware and today I still enjoy these pots and pans in my kitchen.

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: I want to do the same for my children. I have enough Cast Iron around to be able to give them each one, but I'm sure I will collect more by then too. Our children are so lucky to have parents like us :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Cast iron cooking is absolutely the greatest! My Momma cooked with cast iron all her life, passed the skillets, cornbread stick pans, etc. all down to me. I've passed on the love of cast iron cooking to my kids. They know how to properly season and clean them. This is a great lens! <3

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I really must switch over to cast iron. It's all my dad cooked with. Not sure why I have waited this long to see the light.

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