Most of us have come to love all things shiny. Whether it be a new car or a diamond ring, there’s just something about that sparkle that pulls us in. With that said, there’s really no surprise in knowing that we also find satisfaction in having bright and shiny pots and pans. Pots and pans made of stainless steel, copper, and aluminum have such a large presence in many households, one might be led to believe that they are the best that the market has to offer. Cast iron, on the other hand, is dark, heavy, and may not look very appealing to most. However, cast iron cookware can compete with the others when it comes to its price, versatility, and health benefits in general.
At the end of the day, people like to keep their pockets lines as thick as possible; cast iron cookware helps to do that very thing. Most modern day cast iron is produced through the recycling of scrap iron. However, the process by which it is made is also slightly shorter than with other cookware; thus, saving manufacturers time and money. With such materials readily available, this helps to keep the cost of cast iron cookware low. As well, such cookware is of long lasting quality. Oils from prior use are absorbed into the material, allowing it to get better with each use. And while it may be more brittle than the others, it is very sturdy as well. This is demonstrated by the fact that a lot of cast iron has been handed down from generation to generation. So not only does it cost less, but with care it may not need to be replaced until generations down the line.
Cast iron also has the advantage of versatility when it comes to cooking. Although it does not reach high temperatures as quickly as other materials, it actually is a great conductor of heat. In addition, the level of heat that it does reach can be maintained quite easily and evenly. So unlike the others, cast iron is a material that has the ability to be used on the stove top, grill, or inside the oven without worrying about burning food or ruining the cooking surface.
It may be hard to believe, but cast iron cookware is also beneficial to one’s health when used. The oil coating that it possesses gives it somewhat of a nonstick quality. And unlike other cooking surfaces that need an oil base added, cast iron’s oily surface has an advantage because it does not necessarily need one. This allows for foods to be cooked with less additional fat and grease. But, as stated earlier, the little amount of oil that is used will be absorbed by both the meal and the cookware. As well, because it is made of iron, any food that is cooked in it will also receive bits of iron from it. So not only does cast iron keep food healthy, it also adds nutrition to a meal.
All types of cookware serve a purpose. All cookware has the ability to bring out the best in different foods in a way that others cannot. However, how many of them have the ability to do so while actually putting something into the food? How many of them can be used over high heats and stand the test of time? Of the different types, only one really comes to mind that meets those criteria, cast iron. For while the other types of cookware may sparkle, cast iron is able to shine on own.