Cast Iron Cookware has been around for generations.  Why, you may wonder.  Wonder no more.  Cast iron cookware is dependable, conducts heat beautifully, and lasts for decades.  Well-seasoned cast iron cooks easily, with less oil, and has none of the chemicals used to manufacture nonstick cooking surfaces.  

With a bit of care, cast iron will last and last, while leaching a bit of healthful iron into your meals.  If you realize many American take iron supplements, you understand one of the benefits of cast iron cooking.

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HOW TO GRILL SALMON IN A CAST IRON GRILL PAN  

I caught this Alaska King Salmon beauty on the Deshka River in Alaska.  How to cook salmon on the stove top with a cast iron grill pan?  

Heat your cast iron grill pan to medium high, add olive oil, and place your salmon, skin side down. 

Sprinkle salmon with seasoning salt, cover and grill 3 minutes per side.  Covering the salmon keeps it from drying out.

Turn your salmon, add a pat of butter and more seasoning salt, cover and cook 3 more minutes. What could be easier?  Your salmon will be pink, opaque, flaky, and moist.  Don't overcook salmon, it will be dry and tough.

CAST IRON SAUCE SET FROM LODGE LOGIC

If you love cast iron pots, check out this  Lodge Logic Grilling Sauce Pan.  It holds 2 cups, comes with a silicone brush and sauce cook book.  You can use the grilling sauce pan in your smoker to add a layer of flavor to your favorite barbecue sauces.  

Place the little sauce pan on the grill to have it on hand.  Now you can mop sauces on your grilled meats with the included silicone brush.  

This compact 14-ounce melting pot comes with silicone brush and recipe book.  It is made from double cast iron metal, and comes preseasoned.  

Whether you use cast iron in your kitchen or at camp in a campfire, cast iron is nearly indestructible and can last for generations.  

LODGE CAST IRON 5 PIECE COOK SET PRODUCT REVIEW

The Lodge Cast Iron 5 Piece Cook Set is a well made set of pots and pans that can be used on the stove, oven, campfire, barbeque, or smoker. Outdoor cooking and the layer of smoke flavor helps your foods taste great.

Lodge Cast Iron comes seasoned and ready to use.  This set includes a 5 qt dutch oven, 10 1/2 inch skillet, 10 1/2 inch grill pan, 8 inch skillet, and a lid that fits the three large pots and pans.  Always cook with a bit of oil, and never wash with soap for your cast iron to last a life time.

PROS AND CONS OF CAST IRON

Cast iron cookware is a great way to cook. Cast iron pots and pans are great for searing, baking, roasting, frying, stove to oven recipes, and outdoor cooking.  

Cast Iron cookware is safe to use on all cooking surfaces, grills, campfires and oven safe,gas, campfire, induction stove, oven, and infrared stoves.  Cast iron Dutch ovens can even go in fire pits and have coals placed right on the lid.

Once cast iron cookware gets hot, it stays hot.  It is durable, inexpensive, and naturally nonstick once properly seasoned.  

Cast iron does have cons, including it is heavy, especially when loaded with food, it takes effort to clean, it can rust, and you must remember to use oven mitts because it stays hot.  

Cast iron leaches iron naturally into food, making the health benefits of adding iron in our diet.  Iron deficiency is fairly common worldwide especially among women so cooking food in a cast iron skillet can increase iron content by as much as 20%. 

To clean your cast iron pots and pans you  simply scrub your grill pan with a stiff brush and hot water and dry it completely.  You can also clean it with a Ringer, a chainmail scrubbber designed to wash off the grit and preserve flavor with soap free grit removal. No fear your of seasoning being stripped off, the Ringer and warm water and is all you need. 

Cast Iron is not dishwasher safe.

If you don't own cast iron, get a skillet and try cooking with it.  

 

 

HOW TO CLEAN CAST IRON GRILL PAN WITH STUCK ON FOOD

Cooking with cast iron is healthful and easy.  Sometimes we fear the clean up of cast iron.  Cast iron should never be cleaned with soap.  A properly seasoned pan should be nearly stick free, but that doesn't always happen.  If you have food stuck in cast iron, especially a grill pan with ridges, follow this simple way to get rid of stuck on food easily.

The best way to clean cast iron is to add a few inches of water, and bring it to a boil.  Allow the water to lift the food off of the pan.  Scrape a bit with a metal spatula, and pour it off.  Rinse with hot water, dry with a paper towel, and place back on a warm burner to dry.  Re season your cast iron with a bit of Crisco on a paper towel.  Now your pan is clean and ready for next time.

 

CHICKEN WITH BEANS AND TOMATOES IN CAST IRON

Fire up your grill even when it's cold outside.  This simple recipe for chicken with beans and fresh tomatoes is simple and delicious.  It is simple to prepare on top of the stove in your kitchen, or outside on a grill or campfire in good weather or bad.  It is that simple.

Easy Grilled Chicken with Beans and Tomatoes
1 pound Chicken Tenderloins
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning mix
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can Navy beans
1 cup cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
Heat your cast iron fry pan (I like to make this on the gas barbecue grill) and drizzle with olive oil.  Add chicken, cook and turn to brown all sides, about 15 minutes.  Add beans, tomatoes, seasonings.  Heat thoroughly, about 5 minutes, and serve.  
 Learn to cook simple meals from pantry supplies so you can make a meal no matter how busy your day, for a fun camp out adventure, or even an emergency situation.

 

HOW TO RUIN CAST IRON AND ROASTING PANS

Cooking with cast iron on an electric stove is a healthy way to cook.  Just be aware that you need to cook on medium to low heat so you don't damage your pan.  

Check out these tips for making your cast iron last a long time.  Cast iron is not like the everyday cookware you probably use in your kitchen.

  • Don’t let it get too dried out.  Keep it seasoned.
  • Clean it properly, no soap.  Wash by hand, never in a dishwasher.
  • Don't let cast iron stay wet or soak in water.
  • Don’t use high heat on the electric stove top since cast iron can overheat this way.
  • Don’t shock the metal with sudden temperature changes (it will break)
  •  Use it often.

Cast iron cooking is economical, naturally nonstick, and very versatile.  A good cast iron pot or pan can last for decades.

CAST IRON NACHOS ON THE GRILL

Who can't love Nachos, especially in the out of doors?  Fire up your grill or campfire, grab your cast iron dutch oven, and follow these steps to the best Nachos cooked in the out of doors.  

Cook ground beef and onion in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, add  a can of corn, beans, and salsa.  Spice up the Nachos to suit your tastes.  Load tortilla chips with the meat, cheese, and your favorite toppings.  Find simple recipes your family enjoys, and practice preparing them with your cast iron pots on your Weber Grill or other barbecue.  It is easy, fun, and good practice for cooking over a campfire.  Power outage?  Cook on your grill.  Cooking over a campfire is more difficult than you think.  Practice on your barbecue before heading to the woods.  Keep it simple!

The Cuisinart Nacho Grilling Platter is the latest way to cook even more on your grill. Although it's designed for nachos it's great for so much more. Try cooking potato skins, stuffed mushrooms, mini pizzas, pigs in a blanket and more. The platter is carefully designed in a shallow bowl like shape that keeps the contents on board and off your grill. The cast aluminum construction distributes heat evenly while helping prevent burning and the non-stick finish makes clean up simple.

 

HOW TO SEASON A CAST IRON BACON PRESS

If you love adding to your arsenal of cast iron equipment, a bacon press may be just your thing.  Press your bacon flat, keep your burgers bun sized, and more.  As with any cast iron cook pot, your bacon press needs to be seasoned. 

                                                                          

CAST IRON BACON PRESS

Few aromas of cooking draw us in like bacon.  A cast iron press helps keep bacon flat, and is also a handy cooking utensil for grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, and burgers.  I like the wooden handle that stays cool, and allows me to move the lid easily while I am preparing meals.  Never soak your cast iron.  Hand wash, and dry.  Reseason if needed.

 

 

 

 

NONSTICK BAKING IN CAST IRON TIPS AND TRICKS

If you love baked goods and using your cast iron cookware, check out how to prepare your favorites with no clean up.  Cast iron is a great way to cook, and baking is part of the fun!  

Cast iron maintains and conducts heat better than many other materials. 

Bake cornbread, biscuits, or cakes in cast iron with no stick and no clean up.  No clean up required when you bake in cast iron pans lined with parchment paper.  Nonstick baking with cast iron works in the oven, on the barbecue, or over a campfire when you line with parchment paper.  Cut and fold parchment paper to fit your cast iron pan, load your dough, and bake.  When your baking is done, simply slide it out of the cast iron pan with no clean up.  

 

HOW TO CLEAN CAST IRON COOKWARE

Cooking with cast iron pots and pans is a fun, healthy way to prepare meals.  Cast iron requires a few special considerations.  Put down the soap, never use soap on cast iron.  Scrub with salt and season.  A few new techniques, and you will be a cast iron pro!

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To remove stubborn food, pour 1 cup coarse kosher salt into the still-warm skillet. Use a folded kitchen towel to scour. Discard the salt, rinse the skillet with hot water. Dry immediately with a towel, or heat cast iron over a medium-low flame to evaporate the moisture.  Allow to cool.

To season cast iron, rub a light coat (1 Tbsp.) of oil on the pan. This helps your pan develop that glossy patina, prevent rust, and retain nonstick properties.  Gently heat your pan to help the oil soak in.  Allow to cool.

MAKE A CAST IRON POT HOLDER FOR SKILLET HANDLES

 If you plan to cook with your cast iron cookware, you need to realize that every surface is hot.  With a few stitches, you can make a pot holder for your cast iron pot handle.   

Fold a pot holder in half to fit over the handle of your cast iron fry pan.  Stitch up the end and side, leave one end open to slip over the handle.  Remove the pot holder while cooking over heat or flame.

Always pack a few small dish towels, wash cloths, and pot holders when you head out of doors to cook.  The great outdoors is dirty, and pots are hot.

 

 

GRILL A WHOLE CHICKEN IN CAST IRON

Are you looking for a moist, easy chicken on the grill?  Turn on your grill, and get out your cast iron Dutch oven.  

Place a layer of veggies in the bottom of your cast iron.  Rub your chicken with olive oil, sprinkle a few spices, and lay it over the vegetables.  Put on the lid to your cast iron Dutch oven, and in 1 hour 20 minutes, you will have a moist, tender, flavorful chicken, ready to serve.  

The Dutch oven fills with juices that keep the chicken tender and moist.  You will love how simple this recipe is.  Whole chicken in a cast iron Dutch oven can be cooked on a grill, over a campfire, or in the oven.  If you cook it over a campfire, rotate and turn your Dutch oven for even cooking.  This whole chicken recipe is easy and delicious.  Save the chicken juices and carcass to make bone broth in your crock pot. 

 

HOW TO SEASON CAST IRON POTS AND PANS

If you have cast iron cook ware, know that you need to season it when it is new, and at the beginning of each outdoor season.  Follow these tips to season your cast iron whether you are cooking out of doors, or in the kitchen.  Start with a clean dry pan.

  1. Add oil: Pour a little vegetable oil or melted shortening into your cast iron. Vegetable oil and shortening are the most commonly used oils.  According to Lodge, use the oil of your choice.
  2. Rub: Use a new cloth or paper towel to rub oil over the entire skillet.
  3. Flip the skillet over: Season the inside, outside, and bottom of your cast iron. Apply a thin coat of oil or shortening over the entire piece.
  4. Bake the skillet: Place the skillet upside down on the oven's center rack, or as I did here, on the grill. If seasoning in the oven, lay a sheet of aluminum foil below the rack to catch  drips. Bake your cast iron pan for an hour.
  5. Let the skillet cool: Turn off the heat and allow to the skillet to cool completely before removing from oven or grill.  Once your pan is cooled it should be ready to use.  Properly seasoned cast iron pots pans skillets should be black, smooth, shiny, and nonstick.  Re-season your pan if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.  

 

CAST IRON GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

Did you think grilled cheese sandwiches were winter fare, cooked indoors?  Think again.  With a small cast iron pan, a flavorful grilled cheese sandwich can be prepared in minutes on your grill or camp stove.  Enjoy!

 

 

Dutch Oven Cooking Tips

Whether you cook indoors, or outdoors, the Dutch oven is a fantastic cast iron pot to own.  With the addition of a lid, you can make a wide variety of delicious meals in the oven, on the grill, or over an open fire.  A Dutch oven is fun to use, especially with these tips.

 

Dutch Oven Lid Lifters

If you own a cast iron Dutch oven and use it to cook in the out of doors, you will want a lid lifter.  Cast iron is very heavy, and hot when you are cooking.  Don't risk burning yourself.  Choose the lid lifter that is the most comfortable for you to use.  

 

 

Everything is hot when you cook on a grill or campfire.  We have coated and protected surfaces when we cook indoors.  Outdoor cooking with cast iron Dutch ovens and skillets is a great way to prepare food.  We just need to remember that all of the surfaces are hot, and not reach in to move a pot.  Bring pot holders and get a lid lifter so you can do your best campfire cooking while avoiding a nasty burn.

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Sloppy Joe Recipe

Who doesn't love a ground meat sandwich with tangy, tomato sauce dripping from the sides of a warm, fresh bun?  Make this quick and easy Sloppy Joe recipe on your grill or campfire for a fun meal in the out of doors.  You can make this on the stove top indoors, but cooking outside is a lot of fun!

 

Cajun Chicken Veggie Pasta

Try this simple yet delicious pasta recipe in your cast iron skillet.  You can prepare it on the stove top, barbecue grill, or a campfire in the out of doors.  Chop things up ahead of time to take along on a camp out.

 

 

Dutch Oven Beef Pepperoni Stew

Here is another quick and easy meal to prepare in your cast iron dutch oven or skillet.  I love simple meals that can be cooked in one pot, whether you are in the kitchen, at the grill, or on a camp out.  This is a great meal for cooking in the out of doors.  It cooks in moments, allowing you to enjoy your time with fun activities instead of cooking and clean up.

 

If you are looking for just one cast iron pan, I would start with a Dutch Oven.  You can cook anything in it, on the stove top, oven, barbecue grill, and even straight into a campfire.  With a Dutch oven, the lid allows you to bake in it, as well.  Then you can add a big skillet later if you choose.  The lid will likely work with same sized fry pans that you add to your cast iron collection later.  If you only choose one, the Dutch Oven has the versatility to cook most meals deliciously.

 

HOW TO BAKE BISCUITS IN A DUTCH OVEN

Have you wondered how to bake in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven on a grill or campfire?  It is simple to bake in a Dutch Oven.  Heat up your dutch oven, drop in a few balls made from foil, and add a little pan of biscuits.  The foil keeps them up off the bottom so they don't fry.  Cover, and bake.  Find simple recipes your family enjoys, and practice preparing them with your cast iron pots on your barbecue.  It is easy, fun, and good practice for cooking over a campfire, or in an emergency.  Practice on your barbecue before heading to the woods.  Keep it simple!

Easy Grilled Halibut In Cast Iron

We all know the benefits of eating more fish, and halibut is a fabulous white fish to enjoy.  Preparing halibut is so simple, and anyone can do it. This basic recipe for pan fried halibut is healthy and easy.  A bit of oil, salt and pepper, and your Lodge Logic Cast Iron Grill Pan or other pan is all you need.  

 

Halibut should be grilled for about 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the fish.  Halibut is called white fish because it should be white and opaque when done.  Cook it until it is just done, so it will still be flaky and moist.  Don't overcook your fish.  Halibut is my favorite fish to catch, and to eat!

How To Clean Enamel Cast Iron Pots And Pans

Do you like cast iron cooking, but not the clean up?  Then enameled cast iron pots and pans may be for you.  Enameled cast iron has the benefits of regular cast iron without the same challenges of cleaning.  If you have enameled cast iron, cleaning is easier than cleaning regular cast iron pots and pans.  

 

You can actually use soapy water, and even soak your enamel cast iron pan.  Follow these tips to remove stuck on food, remove stains, and make your enameled cast iron last for years.  Enameled cast iron is safe to use with gas or electric stoves, in the oven, in the refrigerator for marinating.  Do not use enamel cast iron on the grill or campfire.

 

 

 

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