I adore cooking with a cast iron skillet. Here are a few tips on proper care/use of a cast iron skillet. First after buying a new skillet please wash it carefully by hand with soap and water. This skillet should never be cleaned in a dishwasher because it can rust quickly. Next wipe it dry using a cotton cloth. Other materials used for drying may be too abrasive and will scratch the iron. Then it must be seasoned with oil. Liquid oil is better than lard. To season it you pour oil into the skillet and turn the pan around by hand to evenly distribute the oil on the bottom and sides. Store the skillet in a dry spot. Before using the skillet it needs to be wiped out again and re-seasoned. If you are in a hurry to use it you can use a paper towel or napkin to swipe the sides of the pan. Place the skillet on a burner and let it warm for approximately 2 minutes before putting in any food.
A cast iron skillet is very unique and is one of the first cooking implements. It comes in different sizes too. It can be used on any cooking surface such as an electric/gas stove. It’s the best pan to use while camping because it can be used on an open flame or fire.
Cooking with a cast iron skillet is best known for evenly distributing the warmth from any heat source.
I’ve used mine on a lop-sided burner but the results were the same as always.
Pans made with a Teflon coating have a tendency to scratch easily after using any cooking utensils. Also the Teflon peels off and gets into your food after so many uses. Higher heat affects most pans but not a cast iron skillet.
A cast iron skillet is best used for frying eggs because they will turn out perfectly. Cornbread is divine when baked in a cast iron skillet. Also one pan meals such as stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed bell peppers, hamburger with macaroni & cheese. If you want the food cooked thoroughly its the only way to cook. Other cookware is appropriate for making pasta, spaghetti, hamburgers and other family meals.
Cast iron skillets are becoming obsolete in today’s world. Most people are too busy to properly care for these skillets.