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  • Cast Iron Cooking

    63 posts, 18 voices, 3758 views, started Jan 3, 2009

    Posted on Saturday, January 3, 2009

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      Ok, let me start out with a clarification:  I posted this in Southern Life, because I have only lived in the South.  For all I know ya’ll use cast iron pans up north and out west just as much as we do in the South.  But I can only write what I know, so.

      Does anyone else cook in cast iron pans?  Does anyone love it as much as I do?  I would only cook in cast iron if I could figure out how.

      Interesting side note, recently I read an article that said cooking in cast iron is actually good for you!  WHO KNEW!  A woman can get her daily iron needs filled by simply cooking in cast iron...I love it.

      I use my pans all the time.  Corn bread in a cast iron pan, GOOD GOLLY, you can’t get anything crispy crusted and soft in the middle.  I fry everything I fry in cast iron for the same reason.  I make homemade biscuits and they just aren’t the same when cooked on anything else but my flat biscuit pan.  Pizza, oh my, just making me drool thinking about it.

      All my life I’ve heard people say they are scared of cast iron pans because they don’t have a nonstick coating.  Well a properly seasoned one, actually does.  Fried chicken slides right out of mine.  There is one key trait I have found to keeping your pans well conditioned/seasoned.

      Don’t wash them.  Yep I said it, don’t wash them.  Instead take a firm nylon brush, some gloves and really really really hot water.  Once you heat the iron by running hot water, the left overs slide right off.  If you use detergent of any kind, you’ll change the seasoning and make your food taste really metally (is that a word?).  

      While it is still warm, I grease mine down with Crisco and put parchment paper over them and put them away.



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I am a sucker for my dutch oven.  I was raised in the islands and am only too well aware of the joy and benefit of cast iron cooking.  Love em, everything taste better, when done in them.

          Now that the benefits are more exposed, they come in such a variety of colours and styles..



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          Inakika wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I love cast iron pans, I have at least 8 of them. I also scrub mine out with kosher salt and a paper towel while the pan is still warm. Then oil it and put it away. I never stack them in my sink if the sink is metal and wet, it causes a rust stain in your sink that is hell to clean off! I stopped letting my sons clean them because they would never oil them afterwards.
          And Lori, girl, you are right when you talk about cornbread in a cast iron pan! I heat the pan in the oven with shortening until it’s piping hot. Then I pour the cornbread mixture in. You know you’ve heated it well when that cornbread sizzles and starts to form a crust immediately! YUM!estatic



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I will be honest....I have burnt everything I have tried to cook in them...lol...i just don’t use them anymore....but...my granny use to use them way back when...I recall her making fried potatoes, fried fish and bannock in there...mmmmmm I can almost taste it...happy



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Karyno, really?  I have never burned anything in my dutch oven..that is truly amazing



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Lori is right, you probably have too high a heat.  The joy of cooking in cast iron is the low heat.  I love to cook my oxtails by filling the pot with water under a low heat and then I don’t have to keep checking on it....



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Wow, well hopefully Karyno will get back to some of her granma’s good cooking after reading your post, right Karyno...LOL



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Well I will just have to try that...thanks for the advice....maybe I will have better luck with it...happy



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • It’s the heat - you need it on low but longer so it heats evenly ...
          I have the French Le Creuset range - plus all the oven pots as well - love them - had them for years. I had to replace my orignal set as my hubby burnt the wooden handles on the gas rings - doh ...

          Just rinse and clean out then hang up - mine have a cream lining but the frying / griddle pan I oil.
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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • ohhh yes Jacquie...that’s for sure...happy



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          Inakika wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Karyno, I used to burn my food also when I first started using my cast iron pots. I learned that I was cranking that heat up a bit too much, almost as if I was using them in the oven. I agree with the other ladies, heat it gradually and you will be hooked!



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Vicki, funny you should say that, I had to take off the wooden handle from my skillet because my hubby always puts the heat too high and was burning my handle.  Now I keep it hidden and he has no choice but to use mittens...



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          Mz. Queen wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Pancakes cook so much better for me in my cast iron pans, but I had no idea that they actually give me iron. I suffer with bouts of anemia, but with todays new knowledge I guess I’ll be cooking even more foods in my cast iron pots. Wow. 2009 is really hot!!!

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          Almostfive0 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • It’s funny, I’m just reading this. Me and my son were just talking about his new cast iron skillet the other night.
          I lost mine during one of our moves and I have never gotten another one and I miss it.  

          Mslorid I am originally from Cincinnati, Oh....so I am a nothern yankee...lol, but my mother and father were both from Georgia.
          I grew up with cast iron and love it.
          I was telling my son and my daughter in law how they need to season it to get it just right.



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • is this your Dutch Oven ?

          We call it a casserole dish  



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • The French at Le Cruset call it a French Oven ....

          I foolishly bought the huge big one (I don’t know only 2 of us) and when it’s full with stew I need help to lift in and out of the oven ....I have wobbly arms with the weight.



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Now you girls have gotten me excited...I am going to buy me a cast iron frying pan....btw...one of my ex-boyfriends he was from the Bahamas always use to cook out of a pot that looked like that one there and his food was always scrumptious...I might just invest in one of those too....happy



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Has anyone ever tried cooking in them the old fashion way, i.e., outside on a fire, OMG...food even better...



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          Inakika wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • And that one is top of the line, Le Creuset! I have a few of those pieces.
          And you spent a small fortune for that big one too!
          The company called Lodge makes all kinds of pieces and reasonably priced.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • My hubby like to use cast iron when we are out camping - peach cobbler turn over.



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          Tuliplady wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I’ve always used cast iron.  And I’m from the frozen north. happy  I finally talked my mom out of her big cast iron pan that she doesn’t use anymore.  We now have one big enough for frying chicken.

          My ex husband had a cast iron pan that we used only for frying eggs for breakfast.  My revenge when he did stupid stuff was to take his egg pan and scour it with soap and ruin the seasoning on it.  Petty maybe, but I always felt better.



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Good cooking has truly lost it’s essence since fast foods have taken over.

          Lori, I need directions to your house for when we have countrywide power outage...haha



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Ingrid I invested in a whole set with a little windfall around 22 years ago as I was fed up of keep buying pan sets and something going wrong.

          My godmother who is French and a fabulous cook told me what to buy and how to treat them and I have looked after them. I have a set of cheap non stick numbers for my daughter and mother when they cook - my mother hates to use them but loves the food .I’m a one woman converter as I’ve got mates who have now bought - if you learn how to use them Karyn and you look after them you become addicted ..



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          Almostfive0 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Thanks Mslorid. I’m going to email the link to my son.



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I don’t know what name brand I have, but I am pretty sure it is something good.  I got them at Macy*s almost 20 years now, but I have taken good care of them and they have done me good. So long ago, my oven has the wire like handle that goes over the top from one side to the other. Lori can use it in her fireplace hanging on the rod.

          Lori, I have those directions, drove that way in the summer going to Atlanta...good I am set...LOL



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          Jenz ~ wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I grew up with cast iron cooking & still do it but I sure love my Analons!!



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          Inakika wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Lori, how close are you to Atlanta?



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Lori - I think if we had French people on the site they would be amazed the American’s use cast iron - in European countries they don’t have non stick ......



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Yup, got the pleasure of visiting Atlanta this summer and enjoyed it.  I stayed in Stone Mountain, but we escaped to the city almost everyday.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • My dad lives in Hampton, GA (Henry County) Stepmom is in College Park, niece is way on the other side, closer to Florida. She lives in Bainbridge.



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Yes, I do cook in cast iron!  I have pans handed down from granny, to mom, to me and my sister.  So, it’s greased-up proper! ;D



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • I know Bainbridge.  I’m in Casselberry, Florida.  My oldest daughter is in Tallahassee and sister is in Loganville, Georgia!  Hey neighbor!



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • It sure is Mrs. Lorid!  And, I will pass them down to my children!



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          Darla5 wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Lori,

          Do you know where Social Circle, Georgia is located?

          I bought a cookbook, The Blue WIllow Inn. It has been voted best small restaurant  in Southern Living for 5 years in a roll. Don and I are talking about driving there for a long weekend.

          The recipes are awesome. Just the way we like our food. You would love the cookbook it has so many stories in it of life in the South.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Even tho I am a northener my Mom’s family is from the south (they transplanted north to work in the factories). So I do know the benefits of cast iron cooking. I was lucky enough to get one of my Grandmothers when she passed.
          I have 2 and use them mainly for cornbread and fried potatoes.

           I would love the pizza recipe for the skillet if possible?



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Mrslorid Casselberry is on the Atlantic side (New Smyrna Beach).



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          Inakika wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Sewdiva, my brother lives in Tallahassee! Tell your daughter that if she ever needs a great hairstylist, I can pass on his shop address. He’s right on South Monroe. I was just there in November. I stopped at my favorite place on my way through town, The Cottages at Lake Ella. Had to visit my favorite store Quarter Moon imports. It’s like a little Pier 1, with a bohemian feel.
          Lori, I would drive to ATL just to meet you! I’m not that far, maybe 4 hours or so. I’m in Central Louisiana.



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