So, you are in your cozy log home and now it’s time to cook and you only have cast iron skillets around. Good thing that is all you need. Who cares if this type of cast iron skillet cooking is a dying art form!
Despite its formidable reputation, this art is not that difficult to master. With just a few pointers and a couple of recipes, you can treat yourself, your friends, and family to a cast iron skillet food party!
What is Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets are one of the most durable cooking utensils available. The process of using them is almost ritualistic.
This cookware is stellar at retaining heat, making the cooking process faster. These pots need to be ‘seasoned’ to protect them from rusting. It also helps create a non-stick surface. While cast iron cookware has been used for cast iron skillet cooking for thousands of years, they have come to acquire a place of pride in modern kitchens as well.
How to Care For Your Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets can serve you for a long time provided you take proper care of them. Here are some pointers you need to keep in mind while using cast iron products:
a) Prep before first use: It is important to clean the pot thoroughly before its first use. This type of cleaning will help get rid of any casting residues occurred during the manufacturing process. Make sure that you do not use abrasive materials for cleaning.
b) Season it: Seasoning a cast iron skillet is one of the most intriguing facets of using them. Seasoning simply refers to the process of applying a layer of fat to the pan and cooking it for some time. Most of cast iron skillets now come pre-seasoned. However, it is still vital to season this cooking ware from time to time.
c) Clean it properly: while some puritans may insist that cast iron skillets should never be cleaned with soap and detergent, it is only partly true. Generally, you will be better off rubbing down your skillet with kosher salt and wiping it off while still warm. In rare circumstances, you may resort to dish soap, but you should never use any coarse metal scouring pads.
Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes
Now, that you are well acquainted with the ways to care for your cast iron skillet, it is time to learn some quick and easy recipes for cast iron skillet cooking.
One Skillet Mediterranean Chicken
• 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• ½ tablespoon seasoning mix
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ onion, diced
• 1 packet spinach
• 3 cups tomato paste
Rub the chicken pieces with your seasoning mix. Let it sit for a while. Heat half of the olive oil in your cast iron skillet. Add chicken and cook it on all the sides for a few minutes. Put it aside.
Now add the remaining oil to your skillet and cook garlic, onion, and tomato paste. Add chicken to the mix. Cover and cook for about 10 more minutes. Serve on a bed of spinach on a plate.
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