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Cooking with Your Cast Iron Skillet

One tough, versatile vessel. Not just for meats, a cast iron skillet is good for caramelizing vegetables to perfection, and its dry, even heat makes sensational baked goods. Here's what makes cast iron cooking so good.


Cast Iron Skillets

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No Sweat!

Cast iron heats up quickly and cooks evenly, absorbing and retaining heat like no other surface; foods brown and caramelize rather than sweat and stew.


DJ's Outdoor Pork Loin with Veggies

DJ's Outdoor Pork Loin with Veggies | Photo by scott

How to Season Cast Iron

To season your cast iron skillet, spread vegetable oil over a dry skillet and bake it in the oven. Seasoning creates a rust resistant, nonstick surface. Properly seasoned, your durable skillet will just get better with age.


Seasoned skillet

Seasoned skillet | Photo by Meredith

How to Take Care of a Cast Iron Pan

To clean, just use mild dish soap and a nonmetal pad. Then wipe out well, season with a few drops of oil and store with a paper towel covering the cooking surface. No dishwashers! For more, see how to season and clean cast iron.


Cast Iron Pizza

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More recipes to try in the cast iron skillet:



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