Few years ago while I was visiting my sweet daughter Dona, she introduced me to cast iron skillets. She inherited hers from her Nana and because of that, she cherishes it with all her heart. She also told me that this type of skillet releases some iron into the meals you cook in it, and that’s healthy stuff, therefore, you are getting a mineral that our bodies need to make hemoglobin as well, smile.
In spite of the fact that I am way older than her, I never owned a cast iron skillet before. Therefore, shortly after she introduced me to this marvelous skillets, I went to get my own for the very first time.
As you can see, my photos show that I have been cooking in the skillets. Also, through the years I bought more than one.
However, these skillets are not like your regular cooking skillets, they require special care and today, I would like to share with you some of the do’s and don’ about them to enjoy cooking in them and to keep in prime shape so that one day we all can pass them on to our grandchildren. Smile.
These are the DO 3-Basic Steps: Keep them clean, keep them dry and last but not least, keep them oiled.
CLEAN: As soon as you finish cooking and the cast iron skillet is totally cool, clean it with soapy water. If there is food stick to it, simply scrub it with a plastic sponge or a brush type of pad so you do not scratch it.
DRY: Once you clean your skillet in the sink, dry it thoroughly with either paper towel or cloth. This is so important because any moisture left in the iron skillet will encourage and will develop the old mighty nasty rust. If at all possible, place it in the burner briefly until you feel it is warm. That will ensure the skillet is totally dry.
OILED: This is so critical to keep the iron skillet functioning as it was intended, to cook nice meals on it. Is so simple. First, get about ½ tsp. of vegetable oil in the skillet. Then heat it just briefly on the stove until it is somewhat hot.
When cooking in this type of skillet, always begin to heat it on low. Then move it on to medium heat and finally to high.
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