I know there are a million articles out there telling you why you should use cast iron to cook with and I’m about to give you another one.
My love affair with cast iron started when I read some articles about how awful the nonstick pans are for you. I can’t tell you the amount of money we spent on what we ‘thought’ were high-quality pans just to have them scratched up and flaking junk off in our food within a year’s time.
I am not saying that cooking with cast iron has been the easiest to learn, and we still have days when our food seems to stick when we don’t want it to, but I believe that cast iron is worth it and here’s why:
1. Cast iron will last your lifetime, your kid’s lifetime, your grandkid’s lifetime….should I go on?
You get the picture, right? When you invest in cast iron, you are investing in pans that will last your entire lifetime and into future generations. There are antique cast iron pans that people are still using today from the 1800’s. I like to picture my great-granddaughter using my cast iron and talking about how this used to be her great-grandma’s pan.
2. Cast iron saves you money.
If I added up the money we spent yearly on nonstick pans prior to using cast iron, I could have easily bought this set of cast irons pans about three times. In the name of self-sufficiency, it doesn’t get better than never having to buy pans again.
3. There are actually health benefits when cooking your food in cast iron.
It’s called cast IRON which means that cooking with it is going to add iron to your diet. I have a tendency to be borderline anemic and cooking with cast iron is a way to help with that condition. Many women who are still having monthly cycles can benefit from the extra iron provided by cast iron pans. But, the biggest reason to switch to cast iron is to get away from all the synthetic material and chemicals in other types of pans. Cast iron and stainless steel are what you should be using if you want to avoid toxins when cooking your food.
4. They are really easy to clean.
When I cook an egg in my small egg skillet, I usually clean it by just wiping it out with a towel. That helps to keep it seasoned so your food doesn’t stick. If it has a lot of food stuck to it, I will put a small amount water in it and boil the water to get the food unstuck. I then season it really well again. We season all our pans with bacon grease that is strained and collected after cooking bacon.