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Old 07-21-2012, 09:37 AM
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Default Does anyone else cook with cast iron pans?

We never knew what were missing until one of our shitty pans coated in some non-stick coating needed to be replaced. So we decided to buy a cast iron pan, which I seasoned to keep food from sticking.

Let me say that cast iron is AWESOME. It sears tuna, lamb chops, etc like nobody's business, nice even crispy crust on the outside. We bought 2 more cast iron pans of different sizes because my wife really likes them too. Even heat distribution so no hot spots.

I thought food was going to stick like hell, but nope. It's actually easier to clean up than any of our non stick pans -- which we don't even use anymore. Highly recommended.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:41 AM
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you bet....i use my moms cast iron skillets and so on. shes been gone for 30 years now and they were old when she died so lots of good memories and flavors in that cast iron cookware.
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Use it to fry fish and chicken. It really holds the heat good. I should use it more often. I have to admit I do prefer a non stick for most other things. Most things stick for me if I dont.
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I won't go near a coated pan. We have stainless pots and pans and yes we also have some cast iron. We use the cast iron if blackening fish among other things. You can put them outside on the propane crab cooker to keep the smoke out of the house.
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No soap and little water to clean and it seems to stay non-stick. Just wipe it out.
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Been using cast iron all my life. Inherited some from my Mom who inherited it from her father. Great stuff.
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yep cast iron is great we use it for cooking everything as well as some time ago I read that the nonstick coated pans will leach some of the nonstick into your food and caused cancer but who knows we will only use stainless or cast
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yep cast iron is great we use it for cooking everything as well as some time ago I read that the nonstick coated pans will leach some of the nonstick into your food and caused cancer but who knows we will only use stainless or cast
Yea I heard the same thing. That coating seems to wear off so the flakes gotta being going somewhere.

I did read the other benefit to cast iron is that the food absorbs some of the iron, so I guess cooking with cast iron is nutrious too!
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Im another guy that got the pans handed down to me. One is from my grandmother from when she was a youngin. The only downside is the cooktop you use them on. Glass tops are very anti cast iron.
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Cast Iron is ALL we use when our Boy Scout Troop goes camping, best pots ever! You cannot beat the taste, temp control, ease of cleanup, nor the cooking qualities of a good cast iron pan.

Use bacon grease to season and your good to go! No soap EVER!!!!
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Im another guy that got the pans handed down to me. One is from my grandmother from when she was a youngin. The only downside is the cooktop you use them on. Glass tops are very anti cast iron.
That's what we have - glass - seems to work okay though, just need to be VERY careful when plopping those pans down. A new top is like $800.
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I have a cast iron collection that has been passed down over the years. Nothing like good cornbread in a cast iron pan. I have specific pans that I cook nothing but that food in that pan. Cast Iron makes a great blackening pan.
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Cast cooker here as well. The best part of cooking in cast is the more you cook over the year's the better the food tastes.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Yea I heard the same thing. That coating seems to wear off so the flakes gotta being going somewhere.

I did read the other benefit to cast iron is that the food absorbs some of the iron, so I guess cooking with cast iron is nutrious too!
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Pots down here are as priceless as moms wedding band..........folks will leave the larger pots.....10,20,30 gallons in thier will.

Some of my most priced possesions are maw maw's pots
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Also, nothing like a cast iron dutch oven.
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The only way to cook cornbread is baking it in a cast iron pan.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
The only way to cook cornbread is baking it in a cast iron pan.
Agreed.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
Also, nothing like a cast iron dutch oven.
I use one to fry chicken and fish on a propane burner.
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cast iron on an open fire can't beat it!
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