Choosing the Best Cast Iron Cookware for Your Kitchen
Wanting the best cast iron cookware is just like anything else in your house. You need to look at what is available, read reviews, test it yourself and then decide what you like best.
When you're looking at cast iron cookware, there will be two different types to consider: bare cast iron and enameled cast iron. Bare cast iron is what you may remember in your grandmother's kitchen it is heavy, black and shiny when it is properly seasoned.
Enameled cast iron cookware encases the bare iron pan in a shiny colorful coat of enamel. These pans don't need to be seasoned and they can be put in the dishwasher, but you won't find as many different types of pans in this style.
Let's talk about bare cast iron cookware first. This traditional form of cast iron cookware has been around for centuries. It's hard to improve on something that has been excellent from the very beginning. Today, you may want to consider where the best cast iron cookware is made, what it is made out of, and the history of its manufacturer.
The quality of the cookware impacts directly on how well it seasons, how well it heats, how durable it will be and how safe it is to use.
When you look for the best cast iron cookware, you need to look for the following details:
Vintage Cast Iron Cookware
Manufacturers like Lodge cast iron have been in business for more than a hundred years and are considered high quality with a low price tag. They can be found for sale in stores all across the country and online. All their lines now are either enameled or come preseasoned, so while you are welcome to add a layer of seasoning when the pan comes out of the box, you don't have to.
Enameled cast iron cookware is a little different. The cast iron is inside a colorful coating of enamel. There is no seasoning required, and you can even wash them in the dishwasher. Unlike bare cast iron, you can't use these on the grill or over open flame. They are better suited for the stove top and the oven.
To find the best cast iron cookware in this category, check with the manufacturer to find out how many layers of enamel have been applied. Some apply two, some apply 4 and some may apply more. The more layers there are, the more durable the enamel will be. While chipping of the enamel won't hurt the functionality of your cookware, it won't be as pretty on the serving table and you may need to watch for rust.
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