Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Definitions Of Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron skillet

You have probably heard a lot of praise for cast iron skillets and other types of cookware made of cast iron. But what exactly is it and what are the benefits to cooking with cast iron? Add this to my Recipe Box.

Definition of Cast Iron

Cast iron is an alloy of iron that contains enough carbon to make it brittle. Unlike plain iron, it cannot be wrought and so is shaped by being poured into a mold.

Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron is a great material to use for cookware because it retains heat well and can stand high temperatures without melting.


Cast iron cookware comes in a variety of shapes. The most well known may be the cast iron skillet. Cast iron is also used to make dutch ovens, woks, and stove-top griddles and grills.

Care of Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware needs to be seasoned, meaning that a thin layer of oil should be spread across its surface and the cookware heated at a low temperature for at least an hour. Do not use soap to clean cast iron cookware, as that will strip the seasoning off.

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cast iron has a porcelain enamel coating the cast iron. Enameled cast iron does not need to be seasoned and can be washed using soap.

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