If you’re like most of us, you have a kitchen full of pots and pans. What’s more, you maybe use three or four of them, and the rest are sitting there making access to the rest of your pans difficult.
One of the most fulfilling undertakings is eliminating kitchen clutter. Ask yourself just how many pans you use weekly and how many are extraneous. Take the extra and put them in storage. If you can live without them for a whole year, get rid of them.
Now, this brings us to the topic of the day: Six reasons you need a cast iron skillet. Why this topic? Because, of all the pans in your kitchen, this is one pan you can’t live without, and here’s why:
#1: Cast Iron is Non-Stick
Yes, that’s right. Cast iron skillets are non-stick if you season them right.
To do this, pour a bit of Canola Oil in your skillet and wipe it down with a paper towel. Then, bake the skillet in a 250 degree oven for about an hour and a half. Let it cool, wipe it out, and you’re good to go.
#2: You Can Use High Heat
Because your cast iron skillet can handle anything you can give it, you can cook with it on the stove, in the oven, and inside a grill.
You won’t find this versatility with other non-stick pans.
You’ll find you can brown meat in your skillet on your stovetop and then add your vegetables and then put the whole skillet in your oven. One pan meals are the best.
#3: It’s Easy on Your Budget
Cast iron has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s a proven kitchen tool. Another super benefit is that it’s actually not expensive. You get a high quality pan for not a lot of money.
#4: It Distributes Heat Well
Our favorite part about our cast iron skillet is that it distributes heat like no other pan we’ve used.
This means that the food gets cooked evenly all the way around. Cast iron is ideal for frying and baking because it holds and distributes heat so well.
#5: You’ll Appreciate Its Versatility
You can make so much more than burgers, steaks, and chicken in a cast iron skillet.
It’s great for vegetables, one-pot dishes like skillet lasagna, as a fry pan, and even to make biscuits and gravy and your favorite berry cobbler.
#6: Cleaning is Easy
It’s not as hard as you think to keep your cast iron pan clean.
Your cast iron skillet is going to get better the more you use it. The more you use it and clean it, the better “seasoning” it has – this is the layer of polymerized fat that seals the iron and makes it non-stick.
#7: Final Thoughts
So, are you convinced that you need cast iron skillet? We think it’s one of the best pans in our kitchen cabinets, and we bet you will, too! Stop by and check out our selection of Lodge cast iron!