Learning how to cook in cast iron cookware is not difficult, but you do need to keep a few basic rules in mind. First of all, once a cast iron pan is warm, it retains heat better than regular pans, so it is best to start cooking on medium high, then turn the heat setting to medium or low once the food begins to cook. Cooking on too high of a heat setting will cause the food to brown too quickly, or maybe even burn. Below are tips for cooking in cast iron cookware. There are also links to products I recommend from companies I have a referral relationship with. I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Always use hot pads. Special hot pads are made specifically for cast iron pans because they get so hot and will quickly burn through towels or hot pads that are not designed to deal with high heat.
Now that you know some basic information about cooking about cooking with cast iron pans, you are ready to get started. Be sure the cast iron pans you use are well-seasoned and for those who do not own any cast iron pans currently, I suggest buying Lodge cast iron pans. I use them – as well as some really old cast iron pots and pans that were handed down to me or bought at sales. Honestly, I like my Lodge products best because I was the first to season them and they have not needed re-seasoned as frequently as some of my older pans have.
Warm Cast Iron Cookware Slowly
I do not wash my cast iron pans in the same way I do other pans. I simply rinse them under water using a special stainless steel cast iron cleaner or scrub brush made for cast iron pans to remove any stuck on food.
The other really important rule is never to set a cast iron pan that is cold, or even room temperature on a hot burner or in a hot oven. Also, do not add cold liquids to a hot pan. Cast iron will crack if the temperature change inside the pan is too sudden. If additional liquid must be added during cooking, warm it up before adding it.
I highly recommend the following articles:
- My Easy One Pot Cast Iron Pot Roast Recipe
- Cast Iron Steak Recipe
- Benefits Of Using Cast Iron For Cooking
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