Why You Should Use Cast Iron Cookware
Like many families, traditions, stories and history are passed down from generation to generation through food. Family recipes and secret ingredients have forged relationships between young and old—and the one cooking utensil that unites families the most is the trusty cast iron skillet. Often times in the past, if a woman in a family gets married or moves out of her parents’ house,
she will always receive a cast iron skillet for her new kitchen. They have become something of heirlooms in many families. So many recipes can be made with this one simple tool, that it is an absolute must have for any cook’s kitchen!
Here are some of the top reasons why you should invest in a cast iron skillet
- Sturdiness—there is a reason why families is able to pass down iron skillets: they are practically indestructible. They won’t dent or scratch, and even if you accidentally let them rust, you can easily clean them up. Drop them, and you should be far more concerned about your floor than your skillet. Most are made of one piece with no rivets, so you never need to worry about a handle popping off or coming loose.
- Cheap—cheap in the sense that you won’t end up paying a ton of money for a good iron skillet. This is one of those rare cases where you get far more than what you pay for. A solid iron skillet should set you back no more than about $40.
- Heat—similarly to the sturdiness factor, iron skillets can deal with intense heat without any negative side effects. If you look at the fine print on most of your nonstick pans today, you will see that they aren’t recommended for temperatures more than 500° F or so. You can cook with cast iron in nearly any heat, without worrying that toxic chemicals will be released into your food.
- Versatility—want to make biscuits and gravy? What about dinner rolls? Need to brown some ground beef? Feeling like frying something? You skillet has you covered. From stovetop to oven to even campfire, you can cook almost anything imaginable in your trusty cast iron.
Whether you are just starting a new kitchen or are a seasoned pro, you need a cast iron skillet in one of your kitchen drawers. A heirloom that is inexpensive and practical! You just can’t get any better than that.