I recall my mom cooking with nothing but cast iron from the time I could remember, to well into 70's. But I also recall the seasoning & cleaning ritual, which did not appeal to me.
When I went out on my own I went the route of non-stick skillets & pots, not knowing at the time about the dangerous chemicals released at certain temps. Tried stainless& didnt like those at all, but knew of no other choices that were PFOA free.
Then I discovered Lodge, with their preseasoned cast iron skillets, so I decided to try one. I can tell you now these are fantastic skillets! Never before has food tasted as good, when cooked in cast iron! The true flavor of whatever you're cooking really comes through, & searing & braising is awesome now.
Cleanup is a breeze; let the skillet cool down, add hot water, allow to soak for a few minutes, scrape away any food particles left with a plastic scraper or nylon sponge, rinse, dry, spray with a light coating of non-stick canola or olive oil spray, rub it in, & done! I'ts all ready for next time! After I preheat the skillet, I also spray it with non-stick spray before cooking/frying in it.
You cant beat the even heat distribution you get with cast iron, & your food stays warm for quite awhile. The only "downside" is the weight; it's a heavy one, but for me I'm willing to put up with that for as long as I can lift it. Donot hesitate to buy this brand of skillet, you wont be sorry, & the price just cant be beat. Oh yeah, it's great for use on the grill too!
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