Contributed by: Cajun Clark
That's right, every kitchen needs Cast Iron Cookware; at least a couple of pieces, because... If you want cookware with the original non-stick cooking surface, that will outlast what you commonly find today called non-stick, then you need to start a lifelong rewarding affair with that been-around-since-before- time-began cast iron variety. Nothing sticks to seasoned cast iron, it can't peel or scratch like "non-stick" cookware can, and it's even rust resistant if properly seasoned. Read on...
If that's not reason enough, consider these facts: Cast iron is virtually indestructible; cannot wear out; will never warp, dent, chip, or break. Cast iron heats evenly, and that ends hot spots and burnt food; it keeps hot food hot longer. And that means you can use less heat and water when cooking with iron, thereby saving energy and preserving nutrients.
Now, let's suppose you don't have a good old fashioned cast iron skillet, but have decided to take the plunge; to spend a few bucks at your local brick-and-mortar retailer, or even on line for that matter; to become the proud owner of a non-seasoned, not-yet-ready-to-use piece of cast iron. What's the first thing you need to do?
Get in shape! If you're going to check out cast iron cookware at your local discount store, you'd better start your conditioning program a couple of weeks before you plan to venture out. If you're doing all your research and shopping on line, you have a little longer, but not much.
What? No, this is not an exaggeration. Why, we've seen grown men brought to their knees trying to lift a full-to-within- one-inch-from-the-top campfire style Dutch oven. Yep, we sure have. Okay, enough is enough.
Cajun Clark's monster 659-page eCookbook is no longer available. His second cookbook in the series, with nearly 500 recipes is Sweet & Sassy! http://www.cajunclarkssweetandsassy.com You can grab a copy of Cajun Clark's Selected Freebies at http://www.1001Recipes2Send.com/Free/
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