Cast Iron Convertee

Ever since I acquired (won!) my first cast iron skillet, I’ve been thinking of things to make in it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway Original Country Girl! Now, like a junkie jonesin’ for an iron fix, I want more cast iron cookware.

Even before I won this sweet little skillet, I was thinking about disposing of my poisonous Teflon pans and replacing them with cast iron. My only regret is not doing it sooner. Sometimes it takes a skillet to the head, huh?

The first thing I made was fried eggs. They “sung” while they fried. I swear, they did! Next, I made (s)mashed potatoes. However, the ultimate test was cornbread. I’ve lived in South Carolina for fourteen years and have heard numerous people reminisce about the cornbread their mother or grandmother used to bake in a cast iron skillet. I found it hard to believe that the cornbread didn’t stick to the skillet. I mean, really. Guess what? It doesn’t stick to the skillet… at all!

Now that I’m a born-again cast iron cookware user, I have this uncontrollable urge to spread the word to everyone I meet. Cast iron is superior to all other cookware! Here’s why:

  1. Cast iron does not release toxic chemicals (PFCs) the way Teflon nonstick pans do.
  2. Cast iron fortifies food with iron. Cooking acidic foods, like tomato sauce, in a cast iron skillet is said to increase iron content by as much as 20 times.
  3. A well-seasoned cast iron pan requires less oil.
  4. It conducts heat beautifully.
  5. Clean-up is a breeze. Most times, it’s as simple as running the skillet under hot water and wiping it out. Other times, a stiff brush is necessary. Avoid soap, as it will compromise the pan’s seasoning.
  6. Cast iron looks cool.
  7. It can be used on the stovetop AND in the oven.
  8. It reminds me of my grandma.

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12 thoughts on “Cast Iron Convertee

  1. Cornbread from an iron skillet is delicious. It reminds me of my great-grandmother, Lizzie Lee Waldrop making a cake everyday. It is better than cake!

  2. I remember the Upside-Down Pineapple Cake my mother used to make in her cast iron skillet. Melted butter and brown sugar in the bottom, then pineapple slices with maraschino cherries in the center of each. I think she then mixed up a yellow cake and poured that on top before baking. It was my dad’s favorite cake.

    When I made the cake for the first time in my cast iron skillet I had a bit of trouble. I flipped the baked cake onto the floor because it and the skillet were too heavy for me to handle.

    I made the best strawberry-rhubarb pie ever in a large cast iron skillet. We were visiting someone at their summer cabin and there were no pie tins to use. I increased the ingredients to fit the skillet. The “pie” was absolute heaven.

    • YUM! I’ll have to try a cake in it. You’re right about cast iron skillets being kind of heavy and hard to handle. Even so, I’ll take a heavy cast iron skillet over a lightweight poisonous skillet any day 🙂

  3. I got rid of my teflon pans a few years ago. They made me uneasy whenever I used them. I heard that the emissions can actually kill pet birds, although I’ve never researched that.

    Cast iron cannot be used on glass top stoves. I learned that a few years ago when I had one. But, that was not a concern after I dropped something on the stove top and busted it. I’m back to using a traditional electric stove top.

      • It wasn’t cast iron that broke my stove(something fell out of the cupboard above it) but I remember the literature on the stove stating that cast iron, and pans without completely flat bottoms, should not be used on the glass top. Yet, you don’t get much flatter bottoms than those on cast iron cookware.

  4. Ha! You are very welcome! I am so glad to see you’re enjoying it. That was a very popular giveaway, I’m considering running another cast iron giveaway in the future!

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  6. I saw the post mention over on OCG and came over to read it.

    I love my cast iron too! I have a bunch of it and still can’t pass up pieces when I find them at the thrift stores. I think I have an addiction. lol

    That cornbread looks mighty fine too! Congrats!

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