Interested in cooking with cast iron cookware? These Tips for Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet include helpful do's and don'ts when using cast iron.
Cast iron skillets used to be a well-known cooking amenity. However, as new and “improved” skillets have come out, ins and outs of a cast iron skillet have slipped out the window. Now, people are realizing how much better a cast iron skillet was than these modern-day alternatives. With that being said, more people are looking for a cast iron skillet, but aren’t sure how to use one. These Tips for Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet are sure to make your life easier!
Tips for Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet
Season Your Skillet: A cast iron skillet soaks up what it heats up, so you want to season your pan before cooking to prevent your food from sticking. The better you season it; the less food will stick. To season your pan, heat it up on the stove until it is hot. Then, rub some oil into it and let it cool.
Cook What the Skillet is Made For: The great thing about the cast iron skillet is that it gets scorching hot and stays hot. However, this isn’t the ideal way of cooking for every food you cook. Stick to cooking the following with your cast iron skillet for best results:
- Meats that need a hard searing
- Stir-fry foods such as Chinese food
- Fried Chicken
- Deep Fried foods
- Pan pizza
- Fried Potatoes
Don’t Cook Acidic Foods in It: Very acidic food can react with the metal. This can make the metal attach to your food giving it a strange flavor. In reality, your pan should be well-seasoned so the metal doesn’t touch the food, but acidic food such as tomato sauce and things that need to be simmered can counteract with your seasoning.
Never Clean it with Soap: Detergents are bad for the seasoning of your skillet and will cause food to stick to the bottom of the pan. Never use soap to clean your cast iron skillet. Instead, wait until it cools and wipes out the contents with warm water or a wash rag. Do not put your cast iron skillet in the dishwasher or in a sink of soapy water.
Always Dry Your Skillet: Cast iron can and will rust. The best way to preserve your cast iron skillet is to keep it from rusting by drying it thoroughly after each use. To dry your pan, put it on the burner and let it get to a scalding hot. Next, you will want to season your pan again by adding a tablespoon of oil and rubbing it in and letting it cool.
Do you have a cast iron skillet? What do you love about your cast iron skillet? Share your tricks and tips in the comments below!