In the last few years as I’ve been growing a little older, I’ve come to realize how important eating right really is. Though I do love the taste of fast food, my body has been getting more and more insistent on telling me how much it does not appreciate the fried, salty food that doesn’t properly fuel my body.
I grew up cooking, though baking really is where my talents lie, so adjusting to cooking meals that properly fuel my body hasn’t been the greatest challenge. That being said, using stainless steel pans and aluminum pots hasn’t yielded the best results, as they lack the quality and diversity of metals like cast iron. With stainless pans I’ve found no oil can really create a stick free surface, and butter creates the most difficult to clean up mess I’ve ever seen.
But now, with my cast iron, my cooking has never been better. Getting a beautiful and flavourful crust on a steak is easy in this pan! Roasting potatoes and asparagus has never excited me before this pan. The flavour just seems to flow through the food better with this pan!
I’ve never really enjoyed vegetables, but I’ve come to love cooking chicken and spinach in this pan as a quick and nutritious meal. I guess what I’m really saying is this pan has made me fall in love with eating my veggies, because it’s so easy to make them flavourful without sauces or high sugar dressings.
Moving away from the food to the pan itself. Though initially you do have to take some time to season the pan, who doesn’t have the fifteen minutes to scrub it down, oil it and throw it in the oven? Once it’s baked for about an hour you turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven for a couple hours. I did google how to season my pan and it was very easy. So if you are intimidated by the initial seasoning, don’t worry! If I can do it, anyone can!
Cleaning the pan also seems to intimidate people, my man for example is terrified of killing my pan, so he refuses to use or clean it. It’s quite easy really. Some salt and a hard sponge will do the trick! Just make sure to really dry the pan! Any moisture could cause rust. The easiest way to do this is to clean it while it’s hot, then put it back on the element you were using to heat it a little to ensure any left over moisture evaporates.
In the end, the pan is easily cleaned, cooks food incredibly well and has inspired me to cook much healthier foods every day. All around a 10/10 rating as cooking tools go! And with every dish the pan gets better!
If you love cooking with cast iron or really don’t let me know in the comments! What’s your favourite dish to create in cast iron?