Three Reasons to Love Cast-Iron Skillets
Cast Iron Skillet If you have to choose only one cooking utensil, what will it be? For many cooks, they wouldn’t hesitate to pick the skillet. A cast-iron skillet, specifically. A number of reasons comes to mind—cast-iron skillets can...
If you have to choose only one cooking utensil, what will it be? For many cooks, they wouldn’t hesitate to pick the skillet. A cast-iron skillet, specifically. A number of reasons comes to mind—cast-iron skillets can function like a pan, work like a pot (if it has to) and it can double up as a baking dish in the oven. Furthermore, it makes a nice serving piece, if you’re short on serving dishes. From the stove to the table kind of convenience. What’s not to love? For even more incentives to invest in good cast-iron skillets, here are three compelling reasons:
Cast iron skillet (by virtue of its material and weight) takes a while to heat up but once it does, it holds heat well. Because of this feature, it offers many culinary possibilities. It can sear a beef to perfection without overcooking it. If you prefer a flavorful stew, cast iron does that well too. Put a lid on it and allow the meat to simmer slowly to release the juice and flavor. It also lends itself to frying and can be used for baking purposes as well. In fact, you can brown your meat and finish the cooking process in the oven.
Fed up with foods sticking to the pan? Even non-stick pan wears out after a while, especially if you use it on high heat. But cast iron skillet begs to differ. In fact, the non-stick properties become more pronounced with use. As you use oil on it, the oil seeps into the surface of the pan and fills up the microscopic roughness of the surface that causes food to stick. This process is called seasoning and it’s recommended that you initiate the cast-iron skillet with seasoning before using it. Once that’s done, further use of oil will only serve to promote more seasoning and with time, the skillet will form a patina of non-stickability. A positive plus when it comes to preventing food from sticking to the pan. You can find also pre-seasoned cast-iron skillets.
You’ve heard of cast-iron skillets that have been handed down from generations. Quite a marvel when you think of that but it doesn’t surprise. A good cast-iron skillet is sturdy and will endure the heat of time. If you’re looking to invest in a good cooking ware, a good cast-iron skillet will repay that investment over time. Just ask your grandmother.