When it comes to cooking and keeping a healthy kitchen, sometimes things aren’t as clear-cut as we’d like. When it comes to cast iron pans, though, it really is as straight-forward as you’d like.
Namely, they’re great!
With cast iron, there’s no need to worry about toxic non-stick cookware, nor do you have to worry about the sticking of stainless steel.
Or consider the following ten great benefits of cast iron:
- Beautiful food: Using a cast iron skillet you can create restaurant-quality, homemade fish sticks, potato pancakes and French toast, complete with golden brown, crispy exteriors. Contrast this with non-stick cookware, which makes browning nearly impossible.
- Easy clean up: Cast iron is easy to clean up. Not only does food easily lift off from cast iron cookware, soap is not needed or recommended, since it erodes the seasoning.
- Health benefits: You can actually boost your iron intake from eating food cooked in cast iron cookware. This vital mineral is crucial for maintaining energy levels, and it helps strengthen immune systems.
- Inexpensive: Cooks looking to replace non-stick cookware often investigate stainless steel. However, a high-end, 12-inch stainless skillet runs well over $100, while a similar-sized cast iron one costs less than $30.
- No more toxic fumes: Replacing a non-stick skillet with a cast iron one allows you to avoid the toxic fumes that accompany most non-stick cookware. Cast iron can also replace aluminum cookware, which may also pose health hazards.
- Nonstick: Surprisingly, a preheated cast iron skillet rivals the qualities of non-stick cookware, as long as it is properly seasoned and cared for. You can quickly move up this short learning curve by talking with employees at your local cookware store or by reading a book or Internet article about cast iron care.
- Oven-safe: Besides the stove, you can use a cast iron skillet in the oven, at any temperature. This comes in handy for making corn bread, frittatas, and flat bread.
- Time-tested: It has been used for thousands of years. Natural News readers already understand how new technologies are often the least healthy, while those used by earlier generations are often more beneficial and more in line with how we are designed. Our cookware choice is no exception.
- Wears well: Since it does not scratch, there is no need to use plastic utensils, and there is no fear of using your silverware to stir or scoop. It lasts for so long that many people still use cast iron cookware inherited from their parents and grandparents.
- Works with any heat source: In an emergency, cast iron cookware can be used over any heat source. As such, many disaster planning lists include cast iron as the survival cookware of choice.
There are a few drawbacks of cast iron, though we think they pale in comparison to the benefits.
Those few drawbacks:
Those few drawbacks:
- Cast iron pans are heavy
- They require regular, intentional maintenance
- They can be difficult to use on glass-top stoves
We love using cast iron, though, and we think you will, too!
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