I have been reading and learning a lot about cooking with cast iron cookware. Finally I decided to look on Craigslist in Columbus while we are here for cheap cast iron skillets. Lucky me, I found one lady selling her 4 cast iron pans for $35 total. That was a good deal, considering she really took great care of the pans and they are well seasoned and used so I won’t have to do all the prep work before using them.
Now I am replacing my Teflon non-stick pans with one 12-inch cast iron skillet, two 10-inch cast iron, skillets, one 6-inch cast iron skillet and one 10-inch cast iron griddle.
I think of this as a start to healthy and environmentally friendly way of cooking. When well seasoned, it is almost non-stick, so you won’t have to add too much oil to cook your food.
This morning, I made some breakfast with it using local produce and it was awesome. I think it will take me a while to learn the new way of cleaning my new pans, but, I think it won’t take me too long~
Here’s a list of benefits I come up for using cast iron cookware:
- Teflon free
- Increase daily source of iron intake
- Relatively cheap compared to most high-quality cookware
- Even heating surface for cooking
- Eco-friendly in production
- Lasts for generations
- Can be re-seasoned / re-conditioned to be used again and again
- Can be used on both the range and in the oven
The only down side of using cast iron pans is how heavy they are. But, this is a good way to work my forearms while cooking~
I think I am already loving the fact that I am cooking with them. I think I will have more info to share with you in the future when I learn to cook more with them.