I have always been very impatient. I need everything done at the lightening fast speed. I can’t tolerate the slow routines, the waiting in the queues or anything which is not instant. Hence, when I started living on my own, I asked my mother to come down to my place and help me fill my kitchen with all the fast and smart appliances. After the shopping, we started to organize the kitchen when I saw a shiny black colored Cast Iron Skillet in the utensils. I was appalled by the choice as all the seasoning and maintenance of the cast iron cookware was not my thing.
My mother showed me how to do it and said that it would be easy as anything. I have been following her advice since then and find that the maintenance and seasoning of the Cast Iron Cookware are not that much a big deal after all. And believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. So, here I am with my little wisdom on the cast iron and hope that you find it useful.
It is really important that you make the purchase as per your requirement. The family size, the amount of food you generally require, the kinds of food you prefer, the ease of using, and of course, your budget; all should be considered while buying a cast iron cookware. I mean, you won’t want to buy a pan large enough for a family of 4, while you have to use it for only yourself. It would be a waste. And likewise, you won’t want to buy a wok when all you cook can be cooked in a skillet itself.
Keep the budget as well as quality in focus. Don’t buy very high priced items, if you are on a tight budget, but please don’t buy very cheap ones too. They will chip, require more seasoning, lose the protective coating and will take forever to get cleaned. Invest in something good which comes with a perfect balance of price and quality. But do not forget to read cookware set reviews. They will aid you in choosing the best option for you. The Foodista is a terrific cookware review site. Visit their website to get the best cookware within your budget.
Seasoning of the Cast Iron Cookware varies from person to person and region to region. Generally, all the good quality Cast Iron Cookware comes pre-seasoned. You can use them directly if you want. But an extra protection will not do any harm right. Hence, put some oil in the cast iron cookware and heat it. Spread the oil all over the cooking surface and let it get real hot. Once you see the bubbles appear on the sides, switch the heat off and rub the extra oil with some tissue. Wipe all the extra oil away. You can feel that the surface has become really non-sticky. Now, put the cookware on heat again and heat it till it starts smoking. Once it is done, turn off the heat and rub it once more with the kitchen towel. Give it a good rub and you are ready with your seasoned Cast Iron Cookware.
Now, I take only 4 minutes for that, being the speedy me (just for laughs). Hope you should be free in the same time too.
Finally, let us have a look at the maintenance of the Cast Iron Cookware.
Maintenance of Cast Iron Cookware:
Maintenance of the cookware is also easy. You can clean it with normal dishwashing soap and water. There is a popular myth that you shouldn’t use the soap on the cast iron cookware as it harms the seasoning. But, I have been cleaning my skillet with soap only since past month and have not faced any such problem. The oil we have used for the seasoning has already stuck to the surface of the cookware in a plastic like form which means the soap cannot harm it. But, beware; don’t soak it in the water. This can harm your seasoning.
Store the Cast Iron Cookware in a dry place so as to keep the moisture erosion at bay.