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Cast iron cookware is typically something only viewed as the cookware our grandparents used. New types of pots and pans have become more popular, and cast iron got pushed to the back burner. (Ha...Get it?)
One of these reasons is convenience. We think that nonstick is much easier to clean and maintain. However, at what risk to your health? And what awesome benefits to our health and to our cooking have we forgotten that cast iron cookware offers?
12 Reasons to Switch to Cast Iron Cookware
- You can use cast iron on the stove or in the oven. This is particularly convenient because that means less dishes to wash!
- Excellent value for your money! While some cast iron can cost you hundreds (though still worth it in my opinion), others are really cheap! Plus, unlike other types of pans, cast iron can last...basically forever.
- They're not much harder to clean than nonstick, and definitely easier to clean than a lot of cookware. I just use a good scraper, some coarse salt, and a textured washcloth.
- You can't really damage them beyond repair. Cast iron is pretty dang durable. If your spouse accidentally washes all of your seasoning out, its super simple to re-season. If your cast iron rusts from not being dried off, just take a wire scrubber to it until the rust is gone.
- Non-stick cookware contains PFOA, a carcinogenic chemical, that emits toxic fumes every time you cook with it. Cast iron doesn't contain PFOA.
- Non-stick coating can also break down into PFIB, which is a toxic chemical that has been used in warfare. (...Yum?) Cast iron cookware does not contain this, either.
- Aluminum cookware may carry a risk, too, that cast iron does not. Aluminum toxicity has been linked to Alzheimer's and other brain disorders.
- Food just tastes better when cooked in a cast iron! All of the seasoning in the pan unleashes some delicious flavor into your food.
- Cast iron can be used over an open fire, unlike other types of cookware. This is particularly beneficial for those who want to be prepped for natural disasters, or even live off the grid.
- Cooking with cast iron cookware may be helpful for those with anemia or iron deficiency.
- You can use any type of cooking utensils, even metal, and not have it ruin your pan.
- BONUS: A cast iron pan is the perfect weapon against home intruders! 😉
I also have a great post on How to Clean and Care for Cast Iron Cookware!