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Why cast iron cookware should be in your kitchen

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    How to clean and season cast iron cookware

    Monday, February 1 2016 5:43 PM EST2016-02-01 22:43:11 GMT
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    Caring for your cast iron cookware is a unique, simple process. Whether your cookware is inherited, acquired at a flea market, or brand new from the store, caring for it will ensure you get years of use out of it.

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    Caring for your cast iron cookware is a unique, simple process. Whether your cookware is inherited, acquired at a flea market, or brand new from the store, caring for it will ensure you get years of use out of it.

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If you've spent any amount of time in your grandmother's kitchen, or even in your mother's kitchen, you likely saw a piece or two of cast iron cookware. The heavy black pans are also staples of flea markets and garage sales, and you'll find them in antiques shops, as well. Have you wondered about whether you should  buy a piece of cast iron cookware for yourself? Here's why you should.

1. Cast iron cookware is inexpensive. One of the most common and popular brands, Lodge, sells for $20-25 for the 10-inch skillet, which is the essential size for most kitchen needs, such as sauteing vegetables or cooking bacon and eggs. If you want to sear steaks, you might go up to the 12-inch pan. Name brand heavy stainless skillets can be over $100, making cast iron the must-have by comparison.

2. Cast iron is easy to care for. It might seem complicated when you hear about seasoning the cast iron, never washing it, and so forth. Actually, it's not difficult.  Click here to learn how to season and clean your cast iron

3. Cast iron makes a superior crust on meats and potatoes. When you drop a beautiful steak onto a hot, seasoned skillet, the sizzle you'll hear means magic is happening. You'll know it's time to flip the steak when the steak easily "lets go" of the pan. If it's stuck, the crust is still developing, so leave it alone until it is easily moved. Also, when pan-frying potatoes in butter, the potatoes will turn a golden, crusty brown, giving them a creamy inside and crisp outside. 

4. Cast iron will develop a smooth surface after it has been seasoned properly, over time. This means the morning pancakes will be right at home in there, and will turn out just as perfect as grandma's. 

5. Cast iron will last for generations. Even if you buy it for your first kitchen in your twenties, it'll still be going strong (with a little care) when you become the grandmother, and the next generation will enjoy it, too. 

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The recipe for the hot cheddar-black-eyed pea skillet dip, pictured, is here. Hundreds more recipes are waiting for you on the East Texas Kitchen app! Learn how to download it for free here. 

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