Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope your week is going swimmingly and that you enjoyed Rachel's post about her amazing trip to Sydney. I am SO ready for our next vacation and her post has definitely had me drooling over Sydney.
Some of you may not know this, but I am an especially lucky lady because my husband LOVES to cook. Must be a sibling thing ... he and Rachel are both comfortable in the kitchen and enjoy experimenting with new recipes. I have deemed myself the sous chef and stick to cutting fruits and vegetables.
Anyway, the hubs likes trying out new kitchen products and gadgets and researching better, faster ways to get nutritional meals on the table. With that being said, we purchased our first cast iron skillet!
We've heard great things about cast iron and were intrigued. So Sunday night, my husband couldn't wait to break it out. He decided to use it to cook chicken and, oh my gosh, it was like eating at a 5 star restaurant. What took us so long to add cast iron to our kitchen supplies??
After tasting it for myself, I had to know the benefits and WHY a cast iron skillet is so amazing. I've compiled a list, but honestly, you should just try it for yourself. We got ours here.
1. They are naturally non-stick when properly seasoned.
This is important and I didn't realize it could really be better for your health. Most non-stick sprays have chemicals in them, which is never a good thing. The more natural, the better.
Even a pre-seasoned cast iron pan can use extra protection, so season your pan when you get it. Heat it on the stovetop until it's smoking hot, then rub a little oil into it and let it cool. Repeat this process a few times.
2. They are so easy to clean.
Wash your pan thoroughly and by hand by with a mild soap and water using a soft bristled brush or a nylon scrubbing pad. Soap isn’t always necessary, but a little mild soap is fine.
After rinsing, promptly dry thoroughly by heating on high heat. When all moisture has disappeared, wipe it down with a little bit of oil on a paper towel and let it cool.
Remember, cast iron is not dishwasher friendly and metal scouring pads can damage a well seasoned pan.
3. They increase the amount of iron in food.
Makes sense, right? And, it’s incredibly cool. Several studies have shown that iron levels can increase significantly in foods cooked in cast iron pans. So, ladies, when it's that time of the month and you need to boost your iron intake, put your cast iron pan to use.
4. It retains its temperature.
For best results, preheat cast iron for 20 to 30 minutes in a hot oven or on the stovetop starting with low heat and gradually increasing the temperature (about 10 minutes). Remember, cast iron is slow to heat up and equally slow to cool down. Once it's hot, it retains its temperature longer and helps foods cook evenly and brown beautifully.
5. They are long-lasting and inexpensive.
A well cared for cast iron pan is practically indestructible. My in-laws have have used cast iron for years and they hold up great year after year.
Cast iron skillets are reasonably priced to begin with, but if you divide the expense over the number of years of use, it's just pennies a year!
What's your favorite kitchen tool? Please share below, I always need gift ideas for my hubby. ;)
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