I first learned about cooking with cast iron shortly after finding out about my daughter’s allergy to preservatives. Once you start down the rabbit hole of healthy nutrition and chemical toxins, there is no looking back. I started by reading every ingredient on our grocery list of food and replaced about 95% of what we purchased by making our own. I then got rid of the microwave and any other electronic device that we rarely used. I replaced all of our plastic bowls, storage containers, plates and cups with either ceramic or glass and then I set my sights on the pots and pans.
We had the typical toxic non-stick pot and pan set which often chipped away and ended up in our food. This is so common and many don’t realize that they’re actually ingesting cancer-causing poisons from the non-stick pans. After much research, I settled on a combination of stainless steel pots and cast iron pans. The pots are used for things like heating and cooking liquids, soups and oatmeal, while the pans are used for things like frying, sauteing and heating up food in the oven. Both cast iron pans and glass pie dishes can be used for reheating food in the oven and are a great alternative to heating up food in the microwave.
Suggested Cast Iron Care
- wash in water
- coat entire pan with coconut oil and bake at 350º for one hour
- try and cook food in butter
- wash with water and a brush or sponge
- dry immediately with cloth
- hang when not in use
- scrub with copper scrubber
- season again with coconut oil
There are many opinions all across the internet, your neighbors, your family and friends! 😁 None of them are exactly wrong and all of them do their best to share what will keep your cast iron from getting rusty and developing a layer of coating in the pan to create that non-stick effect. Above is what works for me but the best way is the way that works for YOU. So practice, practice, practice and you’ll soon find the most effective way to care for your cast iron collection.
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