I’ve been using my cast iron cookware for more than twenty years, and I love it! When I bought it, all those years ago, I was a little intimidated and unsure of how it can be used, cared for and maintained. So with cautious optimism I began my journey.
I found that cast iron can withstand extremely high heat settings. You can use it on top of the stove, in the oven, on barbeque grills and directly over a fire! (great for camping). It holds the heat longer than any other type of cookware and the heat is evenly distributed throughout. It’s great for casseroles too. You can saute your base ingredients on top of the stove in a cast iron casserole dish, then add your remaining ingredients and put the dish directly into the oven. Serve it on the table in the same casserole dish (careful it’s hot) and it will stay hot longer while it's on the table.
I always use my ‘grilling skillet’ when making steaks, chicken and seafood. First get the skillet really hot then place the steak in. It will cook perfectly and you will get grill marks so it looks like it’s been on a barbeque grill.
I’ve actually baked a pie in my cast iron skillet!
Then there is the added benefit of getting iron cooked right into your food!
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