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Caring for Cast Iron


We have been cooking exclusively with cast iron for about 4 years when we found a cast iron frying pan hiding in a corner cupboard. My first cast iron meal was a disaster and it took my husband years to get his pancakes right, but now, we've got the cast iron frying pan figured out!


Benefits of cooking with Cast Iron Cookware:


It will last forever! If you learn to care for and cook with cast iron cookware, it will be the last pot or pan you will ever have to purchase and you'll save money! Seriously durable folks!

It is dual purpose! Your frying pan can be used on your stove top and in your oven!

A non-stick surface will make cooking a breeze. Sure, there is a little maintenance to keep your cast iron pan non stick, but you won't have to worry about scratching the delicate Teflon finish!

Trace amounts of iron minerals will leach into your food providing you with an immune boost and you will avoid chemicals and toxic fumes from other non-stick pans!


Tips for Cooking with Cast Iron Cookware:


Not so hot! When you begin cooking with cast iron, chances are you have seasoned your pan with oil and oil heats up quicker and hotter than lard or butter. Chances are, if you cook just as hot as you would with your aluminum non-stick pan, things are going to get burnt!

Warm the pan before throwing in your dinner. This was where we went wrong for soooo long! I was taking excellent care of my pan but was still having trouble with my food still cooking. Cast iron cookware is very porous when hot, meaning it absorbs whatever is on the surface. If you heat your pan with a little oil, butter, or lard, the pan will absorb the fat rather than absorbing your dinner! {Did you have an ahah! moment there?}

Clean it as soon as you are finished cooking and clean up will be a breeze! Leaving leftovers in your pan as it cools invites the pan to absorb it. So how do you clean it? Keep reading!

How to Clean your Cast Iron Pan:


Never ever ever use soap! Soap will remove the oils in your cast iron pan and cause everything to stick! 

Don't let food sit in the pan. Once you have cooked your meal, remove it from the pan and rinse the pan with steaming hot water. Because you've been following all my tips, everything will wash away. If there are still some stubborn bits, use a plastic scrubber or steel wool.

Dry with paper towel and return to stove. Keeping the pan warm, and porous, add a little lard, oil or butter to the pan and distribute evenly. Remember, if your pan is full of oil, it won't absorb your food!

Never let water sit on your pan, this will cause it to rust!

Re-season if necessary.  So your babysitter was adventurous and destroyed the pan?! To re-season your pan, you can use dish soap to scrub it all off. This is the only time! Once dry, rub oil, butter or lard liberally and bake up side down at 350 degrees F for an hour. Place foil or a cookie sheet on the rack beneath to catch extra drippings.

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