It always amazes me how many home cooks don’t appreciate or use a cast-iron skillet. The forgot gem, a cast iron skillet can fry eggs, roast chickens, reduce sauce, or even bake a cookie. With the right care, a cast-iron skillet could be passed down through generations, packing flavor into every meal. If you have never owned a cast-iron skillet you can still make fantastic tasting food, but after you get one, you’ll wonder why you went so long without one.
Durability is one of the coolest things about a cast-iron skillet that makes it useful. You can scratch, bump, and drop your skillet on the floor and probably be more worried about the floor. Properly seasoning your cast-iron skillet keeps it looking new and seasoned to give food a unique flavor. Ever heard of a grandmother passing down a skillet? This isn’t done just to pass down a cooking tool, but to give a family member or friend a skillet that has years of seasoning folded into the pan that you cannot fake buying new.
One of the biggest benefits is heat distribution. Not only do you eliminate hotspots, but it also retains heat long after it has been removed from the burner. This helps food stay warm before serving, helps bring the meat up to temperature without burning, and helps with baking ability. If you were making a cast-iron skillet chocolate-chip cookie on a regular skillet you would find under and overcooked sections of the cookie. In your cast-iron skillet brownies, cookies, and multiple proteins will cook evenly without having to shift around the center of the pan.
Looking for a nonstick pan, cast-iron skillets are naturally non-stick. Seasoned properly cast-iron skillets are non-stick pans, and one of the few kinds of non-stick pans that can move from stovetop to oven. Other non-stick pans often advise against placing the pan in the oven at high temperatures. The only drawback is the cast iron requires a different kind of cleaning to keep it non-stick, but a small price to pay for a kitchen tool that could last you years! If you need help cleaning your cast-iron skillet check out our Tips To Clean Cast-Iron Skillets.
When you do buy your cast-iron skillet you will remember your life before having one, and ponder why it took so long to have one now. Sure there is a bit more caring that goes into owning a cast-iron skillet that involves more than throwing it into a dishwasher, but the long-term results you will get in terms of great food and simple recipes are well worth it. Check out our pick for a great cast-iron skillet & cleaning kit for beginners!
- One Lodge Pre-Seasoned 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
- Assist handle for better control
- Unparalleled heat retention and even heating
- Pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil
- Use to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill
- Use in the oven, on the stove, on the grill, or over a campfire
- Great for induction cooktops
- Includes 6 Ounce Seasoning Spray, Pan Scraper, Silicone Handle Holder, Scrub Brush, and Use and Care Booklet
- Polycarbonate Pan Scraper features assorted angles for easy cleaning
- Silicone Handle Holder protects hands from heat up to 500° F
- Pan Scraper and Silicone Handle Holder are dishwasher safe
- The Scrub Brush’s nylon bristles help preserve cookware’s finish
- Seasoning Spray protects cookware, enhances finish, and is made of 100% pure vegetable oil — no additives or propellants
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