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Chefs and home cooks alike love cooking on cast iron cookware. This guide highlights the key features that make them quintessential in the kitchen.
Why Buy Cast Iron Cookware?
Made to last Cast iron pans are made by pouring molten metal into sand moulds. This pure metal construction makes them extremely strong and durable enough to last a lifetime and be passed down as a family heirloom.
Naturally non-stick Using cast iron pans over time allows the formation of a patina, which makes them non-stick without any toxic chemicals. This is also why cast iron is one of the healthier cookware choices.
Retains heat well As it is made of dense metal, cast iron cookware gradually heats up. But once heated enough, it can hold that heat for a long time even when off the heat source, which is particularly useful for searing.
Versatile A cast iron skillet can easily go from stovetop to oven. It can be used for frying, baking, roasting, grilling, and more. It is also reliable for cooking quick one-pan meals. Some cast iron cookware can also be used on the BBQ grill or over a campfire.
Great for serving The colour and form of cast iron pans look beautiful on the table. They make food more inviting and the dining experience special.
Seasoned vs Enamelled Cast Iron
There are two main types of cast iron cookware: seasoned and enamelled. Below are their distinct characteristics.
Pre-seasoned cast iron is PFOA and PTFE-free cookware made of iron and carbon then treated with vegetable oil. Seasoning cast iron in the factory protects it from rust and makes it ready to use upon purchase.
Moulded metal pre-seasoned with oil to make it ready for cooking
Heat source compatibility
Has a higher temperature limit to suit stovetop, oven, grill, and campfire cooking
Naturally develops a non-stick patina with repeated use
Cleaning and care
Needs to be seasoned with a light coat of oil after washing
Usually less expensive than enamelled cast iron cookware
Some notable seasoned cast iron choices are:
Victoria cast iron has a wide variety of skillets, grills, griddles, and even a tortilla press.
Lodge cast iron is pre-seasoned so it is ready to use right out of the box.
Pyrolux Pyrocast has cast iron skillets with matching maplewood trays for serving.
D.Line Integra has a cast iron pan for cooking oysters on the stovetop or grill.