My husband has been looking into reasons to cook with cast iron cookware. He has wanted a cast iron skillet for a while now and I never knew if it was a good choice or not. I am making 2013 my year to finally lose the extra weight I have been carrying for more than 10 years now. My husband has put on about 40 pounds since we were married, so he is also interested in getting healthy and making better choices. Before we made the plunge to invest in a cast iron skillet, I decided to do some research on why they are a healthy alternative. I found the three top reasons to make the switch and I wanted to share them with you.
Reasons To Cook With Cast Iron
- Oil: When you cook with a cast iron skillet, you season the pan once and then you continue to cook with very little additional oil from that point on. When you season a cast iron pan, you will take the oil of your choice and coarse salt and cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Heat the burner until the oil starts to smoke and turn off the burner. Once the pan cools, wipe the entire inside of the pan with a paper towel. This will give your pan a non-stick surface and the pan will last you forever!
- Chemicals: Unlike many of the cookware companies who use chemicals to make their products non-stick, cast iron pieces are completely chemical free. When you cook with a traditional non-stick pan, the chemicals the pan is treated with can come off the pan and get into your food. Not with cast iron! Other than the oil and salt you used to season your pan, there are no chemicals whatsoever.
- Minerals: Did you know that over 10% of women in this country are considered iron deficient? Rather than getting chemicals in your food when you cook with other cookware, cast iron will leach iron into your food. This process will raise your iron intake and that is a good thing!
Now that you know why it is good to cook with cast iron, the next thing you need to know is where you can find it and how affordable it is. One of my favorite companies that sell a huge variety of high quality items for your kitchen is Denby USA. Among the inventory you can find at Denby USA is a line of awesome cast iron cookware.
Cooking With Cast Iron
I have given you three great reasons you should be cooking with cast iron as well as where to find it. I love cooking with kitchenware from Denby USA because it cooks as well as it looks. I have open storage for my cookware, so I like to have good looking pots and pans. All of the kitchen items from Denby USA have rich colors and are made with exquisite precision. The products from Denby USA are as rich in beauty as they are in history as the company has been making superior kitchenware since 1806. To give you an idea of how wildly popular the Denby USA brand is there are two books that have been written about the company and its products. I was given the 10” cast iron griddle pan in Imperial blue ($80.50). This pan is as versatile as it is durable as you can cook with it on the burner, in the oven, can put it in the freezer and is dishwasher safe and it has a lifetime guarantee. Each pan comes with instructions to help you keep your pan in tip top shape so it will last you a lifetime. I have cooked steak, chicken, pork, grilled cheese, eggs and hash browns and all the food came out delicious as well as evenly cooked. In order to keep the pan seasoned, I just wipe it out and put it in the cabinet until it is time to use it again. If you are looking for the perfect addition to your kitchen, Denby USA probably has exactly what you are looking for.
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