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May 19

All About Cast Iron Skillets

My father always used cast iron for cooking. That’s right, my father taught me what true culinary delight was, and that is: There’s no better frying pan than one made from cast iron, period!

Created hundreds of years ago, it’s still one of the safest materials for making frying pans and other cookware.

Why buy a Cast Iron Skillet?

Unlike artificially coated cookware, cast iron does not produce dangerous fumes during preheating, nor will the pre-seasoning flake off like other synthetically treated cookware.
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Since the cast iron holds the heat longer, it’s easy to deliver your still sizzling meals to the table and your meals will stay hot longer in cast iron rather than conventional pans made from light-weight metals.

Lodge uses a soy-based vegetable oil treatment, not animal fat or peanut oil, which is baked into your cookware. They also make some of the best and economical cast iron skillets.

How to use your Cast Iron Skillet

Place the pan on the burner and gradually increase heat. Avoid cooking frozen or anything fresh out of the refrigerator to keep it from sticking. Your cast iron cookware can even be used on an induction heater, but don’t slide the pan on a glass top or you may scratch the surface.

How to care for your Cast Iron Skillet

Regular cleaning – use hot water and a stiff nylon brush and no detergent to clean your cookware, detergents are formulated to break down oils and will strip the pre-seasoning.

Refreshing the seasoning – required if you see your pans turning gray or there is undue sticking.

  1. Wash with hot soapy water, it’s OK to use detergent now, since you want to remove all the old oils.
  2. Rinse completely and dry your pan.
  3. Apply a light coat of melted vegetable shortening.
  4. Put foil on the bottom rack to catch drips and set oven to 350°F.
  5. Place your pan upside down on the middle rack and let the oil bake into the pan for one hour.
  6. Let the pan cool naturally in the oven.
  7. Store in a cool dry place without covering.

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