Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron was first invented in China in the 4th century BC. After melting, it was poured into molds to make ploughshares, pots, weapons and pagodas. In the west, where it did not become available until the late 14th century, its earliest uses included cannon and shot. Throughout the 1700s, this iron proved valuable for making armaments, pots, steam engines, architecture and bridges. Automobile and machine parts are still valuable uses of cast iron, along with home decorations and cookware.
Bare cast iron is able to withstand high cooking temperatures, both on the stove and in the oven. It is cast from a single piece of metal so the heat is distributed evenly. Seasoning the cook surface will also make it stick free. Searing, frying, braising and baking-it can all be done in this black iron. It can be set directly on the coals at a cookout, too! No other metal cookware can do this.
Cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens can be purchased in most big box stores, specialty stores, and online. However, American cast iron cookware manufacturers are harder to find. During the first half of the 20th century, such brands as Griswold and Wagner Ware were especially popular. Both of these companies folded and were integrated into other manufacturers in the 1950s. The Lodge Manufacturing Company is currently the only major manufacturer of this rustic cookware in the United States, as most other cookware suppliers sell pots and pans that are made in Asia or Europe.
Enameled cast iron cookware is an attractive alternative to the bare version. It is finished in many attractive colors and does not need to be seasoned to make it stick free. It is also rust resistant and easy to clean. There are several companies that make this enameled version, including Lodge, who make theirs in China. A negative aspect is that the enamel can scratch and chip. Care needs to be taken to prevent damage as this will expose the metal and possibly allow rust to develop.
Benefits and advantages that come with owning a cast iron cooking set.
When you are ready to toss those fresh veggies, meats or breads into a quality cast-iron pan you know that the evenly distributed heat this cookware will produce perfect foods that everyone will appreciate.
Today there are people who choose to use cast iron cookware because they prefer the unadorned, country look that these pots and pans offer. The black iron stands out and gives the appearance of serious cooking style yet there is something comfortable and familiar about each and every cooking set.
You should also realize that cast iron pots and pans feature some healthy benefits as well. While Teflon and other non-stick coatings appeal to a number of cooks these types of pans have chemicals that will leach into your food when the temperature exceeds a certain temperature. Even aluminum pots and pans have come under intense scrutiny as far as consumer health and safety is concerned. A quality cooking set is safe to use for a wide assortment of cooking tasks.
Practical and Economical
The cast iron material can hold up to high temperatures, extended cooking periods and years of use. This means that you are getting a iron cooking set set that delivers on its promise and you are also going to get your money's worth out of this particular purchase. Many iron pots and pans have been handed down through several generations of family members and they are still in 'like new' condition.
With cast iron skillets it is easy to brown your meats and vegetables or achieve that ideal searing effect. These cooking accessories are meant to be used in the oven, under a broiler, on top of the stove or with an outdoor campfire. The versatility of a iron cooking set is unmatched by any other type of cookware on the market.
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Cast Iron Cookware