Here are a couple tools and resources to help you on your way towards Cast Iron mastery.
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Cast Iron Tools to Get Started
First off, you need a Cast Iron.
Now you may have one laying around in the cupboards or maybe someone in your family has a cast iron but doesn’t use it. Cast Iron cookware can be easily brought back to life with a little TLC.
Cast Iron is affordable. If you are still a bit unsure of buying a brand new cast iron and can’t get your hands on one, head down to you local Salvation Army or Goodwill and I’m sure you can find a good deal there.
Serious about embarking on your own hero’s journey towards mastery of the Cast Iron? Buying your own Cast Iron is a pretty big deal, it’s a step towards becoming more of a man.
Here are a few Cast Iron weaponry to begin your journey.
Enamel Cast Iron
This isn’t your usual black, heavy metal skillet or dutch oven that most people envision when they think of cast iron. Enameled cast iron cookware encases the rust prone base metal with a coating of porcelain. They are easier to care for and they come in a variety of colors. But, unlike Base Cast Iron cookware that are properly seasoned, Enameled Cast Irons are not non-stick.
They are a bit on the more expensive side and are suggested not to be used on grills or over open fires.
9-inch Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet: Good size for your morning or evening omelets. Want to make a giant chocolate chip cookie to top of with ice cream? This is a good one.
10-inch Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Enameled Cast Iron: This will be great for homemade hash, sauteing vegetables, and baking corn bread that can be served straight from the cast iron.
11-inch Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Skillet
11-3/4-inch Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet: As you get towards the bigger skillets, it’s all about imagination. 11-inch and higher can be used as a slow cooker for roasting, and you can even bake cake or pie. Or making a skillet full of fried chicken.
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron cookware are usually found in most stores today. They already come ready for you to start cooking in them rather than having to season the Cast Iron yourself, which every man should experience the process. These Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware are a good start though.
10-inch Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Chef’s Skillet: These are great for omelets, baking cornbread or sauteing.
10.5-inch Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Round Griddle: Perfect for making a big breakfast meals, quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, and of course pancakes. Yes, we like pancakes.
12-inch Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet: This big guy is made for slow cooking dishes. You can fry up a nice piece of salmon, roast a whole chicken, and bake the infamous apple pie. This Cast Iron is no joke when it comes to weight.
Bare Cast Iron
Bare Cast Iron are hard to come across in stores these days. Usually they are passed down from generations, found at garage sales, or on the shelves at a thrift store. Every man should have at least one Bare Cast Iron cookware on hand.
With Bare Cast Iron, you must maintain and care for it or else it will rust. A well maintained Bare Cast Iron shows responsibility and is something that you can pass down within in your family.