Not just Grandma’s old pots and pans — cast iron cookware has a lot to give!

It’s tough. So when we say tough, we don’t mean “oh yeah, this will last you a few winters.” We mean this will last you a few decades, maybe even more when cared for properly. Somewhat considered old-fashioned, cast iron cookware was probably what your grandma cooked with. And when properly seasoned and cared for, you can still use your grandma’s cookware. Cast iron cookware lasts. Often found at antique markets and such, these pans are made from sturdy iron, are extremely difficult to damage, and are made to last throughout the years (many years!).

Great heat conductor. Unlike many other metals, cast iron cookware gives off a TON of heat and stays hot for a long time. We don’t mean just a few minutes, we mean the heat stays, which is perfect when you will be cooking for a while. Cast iron is a great conductor of heat which means that more heat is radiated off the surface to whatever it is you’re cooking. Bottom line: more heat distributed to your food. cast-iron-cookware

Versatile. Cast iron is not only extremely durable, but versatile as well. If seasoned correctly it can be non-stick, and because of its excellent heat retention, it’s great for searing meat, frying, and even grilling. Brown steak or other meat, create the perfect stir fry, roast vegetables, and more. Cast iron will give your meat the perfect crust while leaving the rest juicy and tender. Likewise, when roasting or stir frying vegetables, your cast iron pan will leave the veggies just the right amount of crispy and crunchy on the outside. **Fun fact: many experts say cast iron gives an added nutritional bonus because it is made from iron and not harmful chemicals. So for all you folks with an iron deficiency, it’s said cooking with cast iron can help! 

A few tips: Avoid letting your cast iron cookware soak in water for long periods of time; don’t use a lot of soap or metal scouring pads when washing (instead experts recommend kosher salt and fat); and try re-seasoning your pans at home once in a while to keep them in great shape. Oh, and if you do find a great set of cast iron cookware at an antique shop — consider buying it, seasoning it, and using it! It’ll last.

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