Lodge Cast Iron Pots and Pans
(El Paso, Tx)
For me there is no better cookware for flavorful soups and casseroles than cast iron. For years my family has been using this type of cookware to impress even the finickiest of eaters and succeeded.
Many people think of cowboys when they hear the words cast iron but its not just for chilies or stews you can also make the best steaks in fry pans as well. I even make wonderful shrimp gumbo in my favorite pot belly cast iron pot.
I think the best thing for me to make in a cast iron pot is a good steak. It gives it such great flavor and you can even get a pan with griddle marks on it as well. This way it is like and indoor grill without all the work on lighting the propane tank.
There are endless possibilities with cast iron and it gives that extra bit of home cooked flavor to it. I don't know why but food cooked in cast iron always tastes better to me.
Of course there are a few downsides to using cast iron pots and pans. They do need to be seasoned before you use them unless you are fortunate enough to have a relative give you their pre-seasoned ones.
Although now you can also purchase pre-seasoned pans through certain websites as well so that takes out much of the prep work for the pans. Yet another draw back on cast iron is the sheer weight of them. They are insanely heavy, especially if you are using a large pot for soups or gumbos.
There really isn't any way of getting around how heavy they are but they are well worth the effort of carrying them. You also have to be very gentle when you clean them as well you need to be careful what soap you use because you can take off what you have pre-seasoned. You don't want to undo all that work you have just done to get it ready do you?
Even with all these drawbacks I still am in love with my cookware I would not change for anything in the world.