Monday, August 12, 2013

Four Unexpected Benefits of Cast Iron Cooking

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Cooking in a cast-iron skillet may seem primitive in today's market of stainless steel, copper, and aluminum alternatives.  Why would someone choose to use cast-iron cookware when there are many other more modern alternatives?  The truth is, cast-iron cookware offers several unique benefits that cannot be imitated by other materials.  There are even professional chefs who stand by their cast-iron cookware.  So, what is the big deal about this traditional method of cooking?


Perhaps one of the most raved about features of cast-iron cooking is versatility.  These pans, skillets, pots and dutch ovens are so durable that they can be used in a variety of ways.  Unlike their aluminum counterparts, cast-iron pans can be heated on the stove and then transferred to the oven to continue cooking.  Many years ago, cast-iron cookware was mainly used over an open flame, and outdoor enthusiasts still enjoy preparing their food over a campfire using a cast-iron pot.  These sturdy kitchen tools are made from solid iron, and they will last for many years.  They also will not dent or warp after a few years of use like many aluminum pans currently on the market.

Health Benefits

Cast-iron cookware is also widely used by people who have been diagnosed with anemia.  Preparing foods in a cast-iron pot or pan has been shown to actually increase the amount of iron found in the food.  In fact, many doctors actually advise their patients with iron deficiencies to begin using cast-iron cookware.  Furthermore, the iron content in foods that are slightly acidic, such as tomatoes or apple sauce, will increase the most when they are prepared in cast-iron cookware.  No other kitchen tools actually add health benefits to a meal like these timeless treasures.

Better Results

Many people who have tried cooking with these traditional skillets also claim that they yield the best results.  When placed on a stove, in an oven, or over an open flame, the iron heats uniformly.  This means that there are no hot spots on the cooking surface, and the texture of the food is better than if it were prepared in an aluminum pan.  Southern style corn bread is a famous dish that is prepared in a cast-iron skillet, and many people testify that it is the skillet that makes the flavor so delicious.

Cast Iron Skillets Are Less Expensive

Lastly, cast-iron cookware is cheaper than most other pots and pans.  Even when it is purchased in new condition, a cast-iron skillet is often half of the price of other non-stick or Teflon coated alternatives.  However, most people get their skillets at an even cheaper price.  The iron's extreme durability means that these tools can be handed down through several generations and produce the same high quality food with each use.  Countless pieces of cast-iron cookware are obtained for free simply by inheritance.  Bargain shoppers can also get in on the cast-iron secret by browsing thrift stores.  Many second hand stores have old cast-iron cookware that just needs to be cleaned before it will yield impressive results.  

Good cooks may not disclose their famous recipes, but sometimes they will share some of their kitchen secrets.  Cast-iron cooking is a culinary gem that has been used for generations and is raved about by chefs from all walks of life.  There are so many benefits to cast-iron cooking that once it is tried, a person may not ever want to go back to using their other pots and pans.

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About the Author: 
Clayton Curtis is an author for Instawares Restaurant Blog and is an expert regarding recipes, cooking trends, and topics related to the restaurant industry. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing these tips! I passed this post along to my husband, who's the awesome cook in our home! :) (And yes, he loves using cast iron skillets!)

  2. I switched from Teflon to mostly pre-seasoned cast iron a few years ago. Lodge Logic is super affordable!

  3. I really need to commit to cast iron. I have a two that are collecting dust that I should break out and start using. Thanks for the info!

  4. Thanks for the info-- pinning!

  5. I've always been a little afraid of cast iron - thanks for all the info!


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