- How is cast iron cookware made?
- Cast iron cookware is worth it!
- Myths busted: Avid users share their experience
- Cast iron cookware rules
- What to look before buying a cast iron cookware?
1. How is cast iron cookware made?
The process starts by pouring an alloy of molten iron into a sand mould, which is then allowed to cool before breaking away the sand. Cast iron has a reputation of incredible durability that is backed by the galore of stories shared by our grannies and availability of cast iron pans that have been passed down from generations.
2. Cast iron cookware is worth it!
Cast iron cookware is mired by different misconceptions and myths that basically are a result of lack of knowledge. Therefore, we have decided to round up everything you need to know about a cast iron cookware and leave the question about its worth to you.
1. Cast iron isn't all about frying
True, a cast iron cookware is great for frying, thanks to its incredible heating. But its efficient heat retention also makes it apt for healthy cooking. You can effortlessly use it for water-based cooking methods such as braising, poaching as well as quick grilling and broiling that don't require much oil. You can also use it in an oven for oil less baking.
2. This is your naturally non-stick cookware
A well-seasoned cast iron cookware creates a natural non-stick coating so that you can cook using less oil and it becomes easier to clean too. And the more you use the pan, the better its seasoning gets..
3. Stay away from nasty, toxic chemicals
Cast iron cookware gives you the perfect solution to steer away from chemical-laden cookware, which has a tendency to break down at high temperatures.
4. Unrivalled toughness
A cast iron cookware is tough as nails! Come heat, come tons of cooking, this cookware is built to last and it will take lots of hard work to ruin it.
3. Myths busted: Avid users share their experience
1. Mastering the art of storing: Nay!!! “I store my cast iron cookware nested directly in each other. And guess how many times has their seasoning chipped off?? Not a single time.”
Vinni Vyas, 32, homemaker
2. Delicate like a flower: Nay!!“It’s as strong as I am, unhindered by the storm of temperature, unbothered by the heat of the situation. I take it for camping, toss it in my oven, and it comes out even stronger, each time.” (Yes, I avoid soaking it in water for long or dishwashing it)”
Avni Gupta, 29, Graphic Designer
3. Seasoning is a headache: Nay!!“It is just a part of cleaning that doesn’t need any detailed or dedicated effort. Just heat it with some vegetable oil and wipe the oil. Really simple.”
Abhay Jain, 32, CA
4. Metal utensils mayhem“I was told that I should avoid using metal utensils. However, cast iron is remarkably resilient and its “patina” is not stuck to the surface like a tape, but is actually chemically bonded to the surface and couldn’t be scraped away with a metal spatula, unless you actually want to gouge it out of the surface.”
Anjana Raj, 26, Content Creator
4. Cast Iron Cookware Rules :
Basically there are only three rules of maintaining your cast iron cookware and fostering a successful lifelong relationship with it:
1. Seasoning :To season your cast iron cookware, heat it up on until it’s smoking hot, then rub a little vegetable oil over it and let it cool. Repeat this process a few times and be done.
2. Cleaning :Clean your cookware thoroughly after each use with soap and water and scrub out any debris with a sponge. Dry it before storing it.
3. Re-seasoning :Follow the same seasoning process to strengthen the patina layer and help it become as smooth as a non-stick cookware.
5. What to look before buying a cast iron cookware?
1. How does it feel- heavy or light? Its weight is an indicator of its quality.
2. Does the handle have enough room to hold it with a pot holder or a mitt? Cast iron tends to get hot, so you can’t grab it without protection.
3. Does it have a helped hand? A small handle or grip will make it easier for you to lift it because when filled with food, it’s going to be heavy to lift.
6. Conclusion :
Beneath the hassle of seasoning and its hefty weight is a cookware so wonderful that it will make your meals magical and last for decades. True, cast iron cookware is slightly more difficult to clean and maintain than your average cookware, but the reward for diligent seasoning and maintaining a cast iron cookware is that it can easily become a family heirloom—and produce delicious meals along the way.
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