Recently I was asked to try a product that reminded me why I love the cast iron pan. It is the most versatile tool I have in my kitchen; whether it's used for searing steaks, crisping up some chicken thighs, or baking a frittata.
If you're trying to get a kitchen started, the cast iron pan is the first thing you need to look into buying. Here's why:
1. It's got more Iron than Mr. Tony Stark. This thing is so sturdy, if you drop it you'll be more worried about damaging your hardwood floor than your pan. Cast iron cookware are built to last a very long time and may even outlast you. In fact, the more you cook with it, the better it gets.
2. It's non-stick. Just like watering a plant, a cast iron needs to be seasoned correctly and protected time to time in order to remain non-stick. You can season your pan by wiping it down with a thin layer of vegetable oil and then bake it in a 325 degree oven for an hour. Let it cool and wipe it down and this will be as good as any brand new non-stick pan out there.
3. It's vitamin rich. Cooking in cast iron increases your iron intake since the iron gets transferred over. The longer the food is in contact with the pan, the more it absorbs the mineral iron. If you're iron-deficient, you have one more reason to make the most of your cast iron pan.
4. Perfect heat distribution. A cast iron pan retains heat very well and diffuses it evenly, which is why it's also great for baking pies and cakes. If you serve a dish in the pan itself, your food will likely remain warm for the entire meal.
5. It's economical and versatile. I bought my cast iron pan for $40 dollars when I moved into my condo 4 years ago and it's still in amazing shape even after using it almost everyday. Because cast iron pans are simple to make, they're generally cheaper than other artisanal cookware. You can use it to cook so much delicious food - blueberry pie, french toast, braised brisket, sautéed mushrooms, deep fried potatoes, savoury bacon and eggs, and (my favourite) steak.
So there you have it. One pan to rule them all.
Quick Tips on the Cast Iron Oil
My cast iron pan gets better with age like fine wine, but only if my partner and I take good care of it. I can't imagine how much abuse I've put it through, especially when I began using it. So my way of apologizing is to use a layer of cast iron oil as protection, like our skin needs sunscreen to protect it from harmful UV rays.
What I LOVE about the Cast Iron Oil:
100% all natural
Made from non-toxic, plant based & renewable ingredients
Smells like ginger!
It's very concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way
Very good in protecting the cast iron pan
Non-stick factor: 10 out of 10
But there's ONE drawback:
No applicator or instructions for proper application
While the packaging indicates that you should use either hands or a clean cloth to apply the oil, I would prefer to use an applicator that wouldn't leave my hands in an oily mess. But overall, a fantastic product that will last me a long time.
Psst, May is right around the corner and you know what that means? BBQ season is here, which is the perfect opportunity to snag some BBQ Grill Oil!
About Caron & Doucet
Caron & Doucet is the first line of 100% natural, mineral oil free, vegan alternatives for the maintenance of wood and metal kitchenware products. Each product is formulated using a highly refined coconut oil that does not end up smelly like other vegetable oils. They're biodegradable, non-toxic and best of all, made in Canada!
Disclaimer: all opinions expressed in the post are solely my own and not influenced by third parties. I owe thanks to the folks at Caron & Doucet for the opportunity to try one of their products!
For more information, check out their website: www.carondoucet.com