Cast Iron Skillets

My grandma used to cook everything in cast iron skillets and as I got my very own kitchen one of the first things I got was an old style cast iron skillet. When you think of a cooking skillet, many of us think of the older cast iron skillets used in outdoor situations. These cast iron frying pans were heavy and food stuck to them so cleaning was a real headache.

How to Cook in a Cast Iron Skillet?

Modern day cast iron skillets are a non-stick cookware, therefore they can be used for egg dishes, specifically scrambled eggs, pineapple cake, and cornbread. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat on the stove top; add oil and heat until oil shimmers in the pan and just begins to smoke. Carefully add garlic and frozen vegetables (avoid adding vegetables with any ice crystals) and saut for 2.

Although ingredients vary from family to family, the original meatloaves were cooked in a cast iron skillet . Modern day cooks can achieve the same results with accolades from family and friends.

The possibilities for delicious food are endless. You can heat a cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot, add butter and heat until sizzling. Then add catfish and shrimp and pan fry until blackened on both sides, turning once. And voila, you have something veeery delicius!

Cooking in cast iron skillet

This is what it looks like to cook in a cast iron skillet

The 8 Main Types of Cast Iron Cookware

There are categories of cast iron cookware:

  • deep fryers,
  • griddles,
  • Dutch ovens,
  • flattop grills,
  • frying pans,
  • tetsubin,
  • woks,
  • and potjies.

Caring for Your Cast Iron Skillet

A cast iron skillet needs a little bit of care. Cast iron skillets only require minimal maintenance, and often last over a hundred years or more, making cast iron pans and skillets an essential piece to include in your kitchen cookware.

Cleaning Your Skillet

Sometimes you can use a few drops of dish washing soap for cleaning your cast iron skillet. If this doesn’t work, heat the pan and then carefully scrap the skillet using some kind of metal spatula. Try not to use use soap. Simply scrub your skillet with a stiff brush and hot water and dry it completely.

Seasoning Your Cast Iron Skillet

You can’t season an enameled cast iron skillet and sometimes the enamel coating will stick. You’ll want to use spray, oil or something else to prevent sticking of food. As demonstrated in a 1986 study from the American Dietetic Association, cooking foods in a cast iron skillet can add significant amounts of iron to your food. I can now get that egg to slide off a cast iron skillet every time. This article is my feeble attempt to relay what I have learned so far.

Here, I will show you the right way of seasoning a cast iron skillet at home. You must season it often, to maintain an even, natural oil layer on it that aids good cooking. Then, preheat a 10- to 12-inch cast iron skillet by placing it over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when a drop of water dances and sizzles as soon as it hits the pan. Though the cast iron skillet is still one of the most traditional of cast iron vessels, it isn’t the only choice. There are square skillets, Dutch ovens, casserole dishes, griddles, and deep fryers.

The classic Southern cornbread recipe typically requires pouring the batter into a hot, greased cast iron skillet then baking until done. The crust is crisp and crackly, with the center perfectly moist and tender. I love my cast iron skillets! I use them everyday. I have 4 cast iron skillets at the moment. It’s hard to say what my favorite thing to cook in them is I use them for just about everything.

In a few steps, you can keep your cast iron skillet clean and ready to cook with for years to come. I never have heard of using the cast iron skillet to cook a steak. While you can make it in a baking pan or dish, it’s just not going to taste the same as made in a cast iron skillet. Something about the cast iron (which is good for you and makes your blood stronger) allows for enough air circulation so that the cornbread gets that crispy, crunchy crust that is the signature of Southern Cornbread.

Cast Iron Skillets Last for a Lifetime

With proper care, your cast iron skillet will last more than one lifetime. After cooking, clean with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. This method also eliminates any sticking that could occur if you added cornbread batter to a cold cast iron skillet. We need to preheat the oven to 450 degrees. As the oven heats up, put the cast iron skillet on a large burner and heat it up to high temperature. As things are heating up, place the steak on a plate and pour a little olive oil on it.

A cast iron skillet will last basically forever. Recently I bought two mini cast iron skillets (6.5”) from the thrift store. One of them someone had made a craft out of it and glue felt onto it. We just bought a large cast iron skillet(new) from an agricoltural outlet. There is no brand name on it and the inside is not as smooth as the ones from Lodge.

There are Many Designs

The 8-inch cast iron skillet does not have a second handle. My father in law makes pancakes whenever he visits, and I know he’ll insist on a cast iron skillet. For him, there’s no substitute and rightly so. Yankee Home Hints, by Earl Proulx, offers this very effective alternative to clean gunky cast iron skillets. He learned it from an 86-year-old woman who buried her dirty cast iron in a pile of burning leaves.

Enameled cast iron skillets make it even easier to do all of your cooking because it’s so easy to clean, and the non stick surface is even more reliable. What makes your cast iron skillet so special? Over time, cast iron pans develop a dark layer of “seasoning” that is made up of absorbed oils. I love my cast iron skillet! I did get a new one, seasoned it and from use it has that awesome look.

Place cast iron skillet on top rack. Turn it upside down so the . Meanwhile, prepare the fat for frying by putting the lard, butter and country ham into one of your cast iron skillets or frying pans. Cook over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, skimming as needed, until the butter ceases to throw off foam and the country ham is browned. I have my grandmother’s cast iron skillet. I have no idea how old it is, but I follow these methods and it cooks beautifully.