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Greenly: Cooking with Cast-Iron

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Why it’s time to get comfortable with your cast-iron skillet.

Oh the beloved cast-iron skillet.

If you aren’t already, now’s the time to get comfortable with this (somewhat daunting) piece of cookware that’s just as charming as it is demanding.

Why? Cast-iron is versatile. It’s unbelievably durable. Not to mention, cast-iron is one of the greenest tools in your kitchen repertoire.

I’ll be honest. It took me some time to warm up to the burly looking skillet myself. Childhood memories of my Nonna frying peppers in the kitchen lead me to think that just reaching for the cast-iron meant a less-healthful meal.

Upon uncovering my very own cast-iron, buried deep under my collection of shiny pots and pans, I quickly realized I could turn to my family heirloom for just about anything, from baking to barbequing.

After testing out a few of these recipes, it won’t take you long to realize cooking with cast-iron seriously couldn’t be easier. I promise, your cast-iron will love you right back.

Do you have new ideas or new uses for your cast-iron to share? Look forward to hearing your comments!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.

  • Rachel M. 2 years ago
    You can bake, fry, grill, or cook over a fire if you want to with cast iron. Its very easy to clean with soap& water and one of those stainless steel scrubbers.
  • Zaji X. 3 years ago
    I love my Cast-Iron. I have skillets, pans, Dutch oven, griddle, kettles even a tea pot. I grew up with my mother and grandmother using Cast-Iron. I have tried other pots and pans but was always worried about those coatings scratching and peeling. Looking into my food to see if I see any of the coating have peeled off and floating about in my food. Worrying if I was ingesting these coatings and what they were doing to my body. Plus Cast-Iron heats more evenly, will not warp or bend and can last a lifetime. I have found most of my Cast-Iron at thrift stores and flea markets. Some are hand me downs from my mother and grandmother. Food browns better, fries better, bakes better, tastes better with Cast-Iron.
  • TODD L. 3 years ago
    Cast iron pans make food taste so much better.
  • Jo D. 3 years ago
    I love my cast Iron pan. I would never use any other pans...So give them a try you will love them too...
  • Melisa P. 3 years ago
    I love my collection of cast iron skillets- almost everything I make is in them!!!
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