I'm pretty low key in the kitchen - no high tech gadgets, no fancy schmancy anything - just old school pots and pans and bowls and spoons. So when Kate at Centsational Girl suggested having a kitchen gadget party I couldn't think of any I use. But as I thought about the things I do use every day in our kitchen, I realized that our cast-iron frying pans and dutch oven are some of my favourites. So although gadgets are small mechanical tools and cast-iron pans are a little outside of the gadget category, I thought I would share ten reasons I love using them.
Just looking at my cast-iron frying pan sitting there makes me want to start frying something. We have two frying pans that are slightly different sizes and a dutch oven which has a lid that also fits on one of the frying pans and is so handy. I use these babies daily. So here are the ten reasons I love my cast iron pans:
1. They were free - well mine were anyway as they were given to me by my Mother. My Mother used them when I was young, but as my brothers and sisters and I left home my parents didn't need such big pans anymore. My Mother also found them heavy to lift - which is a great segue to reason #2.
2. You get a great arm workout lifting these pots and pans around. Seriously, they are heavy so I store mine nested in each other on the back burner of our stove so I don't have to lift them from a cupboard. That is about the only negative as far as I am concerned, but see how I spun it to be a positive.
3. They take a lot of rough treatment - you can cut food in them (and I do regularly cut meat as it is thawing/cooking), you can use metal tools while you are cooking, and you can scour them with anything if something burns on them (which it rarely does because of the seasoning).
4. You can make them look all purty and new again just by rubbing a drop of cooking oil around in them. I don't actually do this too often as I find cooking in them keeps them seasoned enough.
6. They heat evenly and keep the heat well.
7. They add trace amounts of iron to your diet just by cooking in them.
8. They can be used on the stove top for cooking and in the oven for baking or broiling.
9. You wash them just by rinsing them in hot water - no detergent - and then dry them on the stovetop by turning the burner on for a minute or so. Which leads me to #10.
10. They are fun. True fact: Every night after supper when the kids were little, I would call out "Gather round, the pot is drying" and all the kids would come running to watch the fun. I know - we are pretty simple folks and really should get out more. For your viewing pleasure I took pictures of our frying pan drying. I wish I had the time to figure out how to make it into a slide show, but you will just have to move your eyes quickly across the rows to get the effect (think of is as a silent film).
Linked to Favourite Kitchen Gadgets at Centsational Girl