Knowing how to cook with cast iron cookware is a must for every person whose passion is cooking. The food prepared in it is healthier and definitely tastes better than any food made in any other type of pans and pots. However, there are some rules that you have to follow in order to get your food to be perfect and in order to maintain the cast iron.
Thus, since it may be hard and time-consuming for you to find some tips on how to become a master in cooking in cast iron skillets, we have decided to save your time and help you know your pan better.
At first, it may seem that it is very difficult to cook using cast iron cookware but, in fact, it is not as hard as you think. Here are some of the most important things that we recommend you to take into account.
The proper heat
In order to cook correctly you should know that this material does not require the heat needed by other pans. At first, you have to put it onto a mid-flame. Let it heat while you prepare everything that you need.
We would suggest you to move your pan from one side to another in order for it to heat in all the corners. Then, you can adjust the flame as you need it (but we think you will not need it if the cast iron skillet is heated properly), but never heat the pan too fast. This is also important because if the surface is not heated well, your food will stick and it will be hard for you to clean the cookware.
If you are used to putting oil into your other pans, you should get rid of this habit, since cooking in a cast iron pan requires the food to be already oiled. This is because the pan gets very hard to clean if you squirt oil directly into it.
Regarding the utensils, you should use the same you use for any other pans – no metal utensils! Moreover, another tip on turning the food from side to side is that you shouldn’t do this. If you are going to cook steaks, burgers or fish, you have to let them cook properly on one side and then on the other side. They will cook better this way and everything will taste a whole lot better.
It is recommended that you do not cook acidic food in your cast iron pan, but you will not commit a crime if you add some of these acidic ingredients to your food — they will do no harm to your cookware if they are in small amounts.
Maintaining the cast iron
It is said that cast iron pans do not have to be cleaned with soap since they heat as much as to kill the bacteria on them.
Some say that it is better to wash the cookware with hot water and salt. However, this thing is debatable, so you can choose for yourself how you want to wash your pan. Cast iron pans cannot be placed in cold water if they are hot. You may end up without your precious cookware. And never wait too much time to wash the skillet, because the food will stick to it and you will not be able to remove it.
After washing the pan, you have to dry it properly, because it may begin to rusting if you leave it wet. Another tip on how not to let your cast iron pan rust – never keep it with a lid on! Moreover, never wash your pan in the dishwasher because you will destroy it! On the contrary, you can spread a protective layer of oil inside the pan and then heat the pan in an oven – you have to let it there until you see the oil smoking.
So, after reading some of these tips on how to cook and how to maintain a cast iron pan, you can be sure that it will last a lifetime, since this is one of the most long-lasting cookwares in the line! Just be attentive on how you heat your pan, on how you flip your food while cooking in it, and on how you wash it and you can be sure that this little companion will never leave your kitchen!