Many people are looking to reduce the chemicals that are entering their bodies. People are switching to safer health and beauty products, eating real food, and finding alternatives to plastic. Cookware is another area where many of us need to make changes. The non-stick coating contains toxic chemicals that we don’t need in our food. Stainless steel and ceramic are both good alternatives to non-stick cookware. But a cast iron skillet is one of the best alternatives because of its many benefits. Here are five reasons to choose a cast iron skillet.
Cast Iron Benefits
- More iron. Iron is an important mineral because it transports oxygen through the body. Cast iron is a great way to increase iron intake naturally.
- Fantastic food. A cast iron skillet heats evenly and the pan’s seasoning gives the food a delicious flavor. I knew I was a life-long user after I tried my first piece of bacon from a cast iron pan. Give it a try, and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too.
- Frugal choice. Cast iron is among the most frugal choices for cookware. A cast iron skillet is versatile because you can cook with it on the stove top or bake with it in the oven. My cast iron pan cost $20, and the tag states that the pan should last for about 100 years. Talk about frugal! Cast iron skillets are sturdy cookware and can withstand a lot of use. Even rust won’t ruin them; you can remove rust with steel wool and re-season the pan.
- Non-stick. If cast iron skillets are properly seasoned and preheated, they are pretty non-stick. Even if the food does stick, it’s easy to remove, and there’s no need to worry about non-stick coating flaking off in the process.
- No toxic chemicals. When heated on high, non-stick cookware releases chemicals. The non-stick coating can also flake off in your food, allowing you to ingest these chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, developmental issues, and early menopause. With a cast iron skillet, you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in your pan.
Added bonus: The more you lift your cast iron skillet, the stronger your arm muscles will be!
Many people worry about the difficulty of cleaning cast iron. However, cast iron is actually easy to clean. Simply hand wash with a sponge or stiff brush while the pan is still warm. If your pan has stuck on food, you can heat a little water in it in to help unstick the food. I’ve read several sources that say never to use soap on cast iron; however, some people use soap and swear by it as long as you season the pan regularly. The only real “don’t” with cast iron is to not leave it soaking in water, but I’ve had a pan soak overnight with no damage to it at all (although I don’t recommend doing so because the pans can rust).
As you can see, a cast iron skillet is a great cookware choice. It’s frugal, versatile, and will last long enough for your children’s children to use it. Best of all, cast iron has none of the toxic chemicals that non-stick skillets have.