GUIDE TO CAST IRON COOKWARE: SIMPLE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

When treated properly, cast iron cookware can be some of the most durable and versatile kitchenware on the market. It’s not uncommon to hear of some cast iron pans being passed down through multiple generations, a testament to their incredible durability.

Yet cast iron cookware has some unique features and specific care instructions that many cooks may not know about.

CAST IRON VS. NON-STICK COOKWARE

Because cast iron pans don't have a non-stick coating (like Teflon), you don't need to worry about the non-stick surface of your pan wearing away over time. This is one of the many reasons people prefer cast iron over non-stick-coated pans.

TWO TYPES OF CAST IRON COOKWARE

Two main types of cast iron cookware exist, enameled and traditional. Each type has certain care and cleaning requirements that need to be followed to optimize the longevity and performance of the cookware.

ENAMELLED CAST IRON COOKWARE

The popular Le Creuset and Staub brands include pots and skillets in beautiful primary colors like red, yellow, orange, and green. Yes, they're trendy and a favorite of well-heeled urban foodie types.

TRADITIONAL CAST IRON COOKWARE

The Lodge Cast Iron company offers traditional cast iron cookware with no paint or enamel, just plain iron. Lodge also sells enameled products but their seasoned cast iron line of cookware closely resembles the traditional style.

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