Cast iron – it’s what’s for dinner

I’ve always cooked with the stuff and because my father trained me from childhood, I don’t run it through the dishwasher and ruin it as the InstaWife does (I also refrain from ruining my knives in that appliance, unlike the Insta Wife). It’s dirt cheap, lasts forever and distributes heat like nothing else. Great cookware.

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6 responses to “Cast iron – it’s what’s for dinner

  1. DebtVulture

    Whenever I can’t get to my grill, a cast iron works wonders for steaks. Get it real hot, sear the steaks for 1 minute on each side then stick it in a 500 degree stove for 4 minutes per side. Prepare the steak with some oil, sea salt and pepper beforehand. Does the trick!

  2. not so anonymous

    AND, ….iron wears off into your food and fortifies you, unlike aluminium or teflon which also rub off into your food…..

  3. Old School Grump

    Not only ixnay on the dishwasher, but no soap at all.

    If you need something abrasive to get it clean, use lots of kosher salt with a sponge.

    Once rinsed, heat it on a burner to get it 100% dry.

    Once dry, grease it lightly on the inside. Over time it just gets better and better.

    I had to move to the South to learn this!

    • christopherfountain

      Absolutely right, Old School, although my late Aunt Polly used soap and told both her brother in law and, later, me, to butt out. I bet my cousins are still using her pans regardless. But in my house, no soap.

  4. dogwalker

    Old School Grump beat me to it! Dishwasher? Warm water does it with a properly seasoned pan.

    Nothing like it, though.

  5. Greenwich Gal

    Housekeeper put my (formerly great grandmother’s) cast iron pan in the dishwasher and I thought we were going to have an incident on our hands! Fortunately, cast iron pans can be “reseasoned.” Coat the pan in bacon fat, Crisco, or heavy oil and let it sit for several days and the last day put it in the oven on low so that it really seeps in there. Does the trick.