Some of the items in this post were provided to me by Mighty Nest.
In my younger cooking days, I was scared to death of cast iron. It reminded me of Laura Ingalls and cooking over an open fire on the wagon train. My mom never used cast iron, she used her stainless skillet mostly. So, I didn’t have any experience with it. And things we don’t have experience with can make us nervous, kinda like ice skating, walking over hot coals, or getting a tattoo.
I bought my first iron skillet to make cornbread. And the heavens opened up and sang the hallelujah chorus. I’m not lying when I say I think my eyes rolled back in my head with that first bite. Victory!!!!
Cast iron has been around a long time…which should let you know that it’s pretty stinkin’ reliable and long lasting. Except when applying that logic, we can get in trouble. Aluminum anyone? Saccharin? Please pass the MSG. Ahem.
But anyways, I’m not going to tell you what types of pans are best and safest to cook with. Because as sure as one person says “This is GREAT!” Another person will tell you that it “causes your toe nails to fall out, hair to turn gray, and buttitis.” I feel like cast iron is pretty safe. Unless you drop it on your foot. Then it can be pretty unhealthy. *SMC is not held responsible for any broken feet due to dropping of iron skillets.* (more…)