Cast iron cookware has always held a special place in our memories and we can all relate to it being used by our mothers and grandmothers in their kitchens.
So now that you have decided to begin your culinary journey with cast iron cookware you might be feeling a bit lost, given the plethora of choices you have in the Indian cookware market. But are they all Cast Iron? Which brand can you trust? Is it coated or uncoated? Let us help you by providing an extensive list of the pros & cons to make your choice easier.
Cast Iron Cookware Pros
When seasoned properly, cast iron naturally acts like non-stick cookware
Retains heat for longer
It literally adds nutritional Iron to your food
Lasts forever – Nothing can go wrong unless you drop it
Versatile - Cast iron can be used for:
You can easily use cast iron cookware all types of cooking arrangements:
Wood Burning Stoves
Barbecues, Hot Coals & Campfires
Cast Iron Cookware Cons
The handle can get really hot which means you need to handle them with care
Cast iron is extremely heavy and everyone may not find that comfortable
It is not advised to boil water and cook acidic foods in Cast Iron Cookware
Needs to be re-seasoned to keep from rusting
Takes longer to heat up because of all the metal to heat
Cast iron is really strong so be careful not to drop it or else it could break your toes or kitchen tiles
What Cast Iron Cookware To Buy?
Meyer Cast iron cookware has 'smart' innovation to make it more functional while remaining true to tradition.
Bake in it, Fry in it, BBQ in it. The Meyer cast iron cookware is suitable for cooking in: induction, campfire, grill, oven, & more. What’s more - Every product in the Meyer cast iron cookware range comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil right out of the box, something a newbie to cast iron will truly appreciate. Just give your new cast iron skillet a good wash with hot water and a little soap and you are ready to cook.
Meyer Cast Iron cookware has been praised by many chefs and professional testers for their excellent pre-seasoning right out of the box! Extensive tips on maintaining and building seasoning are found on the packaging.
Once you have bought your favourite Meyer cast iron cookware skillet, pan or pot, you need to ensure that you treat it right so that it can stay with you happy and healthy for a long, long time.
Here are the most common mistakes people make that can ruin their beloved cookware:
Soaking it in water Iron can rust, especially hot iron which means that your recently used skillet is at a real risk of rusting when you let it soak.
Putting it in dishwasher Let us just put it very clearly, “Do not put your cast iron pan in the dishwasher”. Why? Because all that work you put into the seasoning and caring for it will disappear once your pots go through that one cycle in the dishwasher.
Cleaning it with soap Use soap for the first wash of your cookware- give it a good rinse with hot soapy water and that is that. After the first wash, use hot water, salt and a non-abrasive brush and no soap.
Storing it drippy or wet Remember to always give your pot or pan a good last wipe with a dry towel before storing it- water leads to rust and rust is the biggest enemy of your cast iron pan.
Not seasoning or completely forgoing seasoning Remember, seasoning is important to prevent the pan from rusting. This is what will keep your cookware going strong for generations to come.