Thought Leader Series: Four Advantages of Using a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets are commonly found in the homes of people who love to cook, or in the supplies of those who enjoy camping. They're often times thought of as a rarely used piece of specialty cookware. That perception...

Cast iron skillet

Cast iron skillets are commonly found in the homes of people who love to cook, or in the supplies of those who enjoy camping. They're often times thought of as a rarely used piece of specialty cookware. That perception could change if people knew they could actually save money by owning a cast iron skillet. Here's just a few ways people can save money with this simple cooking accessory.

Use Less Oil

Many frying pans are advertised as non-stick. But the first thing many people do before cooking eggs or fish is to pour oil, or melt butter in the pan to prevent food from sticking. A well seasoned cast iron skillet does not need this treatment. Because of this, users of cast iron skillets do not need to keep a bottle of oil, or a stick of butter handy.

Use The Grill Less

People who like a great sear on their steak or pork chop will usually fire up their grill to achieve their goal. Cast iron skillets are heavy duty items that can withstand very high temperatures, and retain heat extremely well. Because of these qualities, cast iron skillets are perfect for searing food. There's no need to buy a bag of charcoal, or refill the propane tank. People who like a nice crust or a great sear on their food will be thrilled with what can be done with a cast iron skillet.

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Less Serving Dishes

It's a common scene in restaurants to have fajitas served on a sizzling cast iron skillet delivered right to the table. The presentation is certainly impressive, but there's actually a functional reason to serve a dish right in a cast iron skillet. Because cast iron skillets retain heat well, food served in a cast iron skillet will stay warm longer, contributing to a more enjoyable dining experience.

People can skip filling their cupboard with fancy serving trays because a cast iron skillet is a functional piece of cookware that doubles as a serving dish. Imagine a cast iron skillet of food placed in the middle of the dining room table. It would look spectacular, and second helpings would be just as hot and delicious as the first serving!

Less Kitchen Gadgets

Cast iron skillets are virtually indestructible and can withstand temperatures of nearly 1500 F degrees. Because of this quality they can be used with any virtually any heat source making a cast iron skillet a multipurpose piece of cookware. Here are some things you won't need in your kitchen once you have a cast iron skillet.

    • Bakeware: Pizza pans, pie pans, and general baking pans are obsolete when a cast iron skillet is around. Pizza, pies and cornbread turn out great when baked in a cast iron skillet.

    • Deep Fryer: Don't take up room storing a deep fryer, just use a cast iron skillet! Because cast iron retains heat well, oil can achieve and maintain the proper temperature for deep frying.

Cast iron skillets are heavy duty, versatile pieces of cookware that every household cook can appreciate. In addition, the monetary savings that can be realized by owning a cast iron skillet simply makes it a must for every kitchen.

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Travis Pizel is a personal finance blogger who writes at Enemy of Debt where he shares his family's financial experiences, struggles and successes. As a father and husband, he provides a unique perspective on balancing debt, finances, and family.