Post # 1
the title says it all. I got a cast-iron skillet/frying pan as a wedding gift! and I’m SO excited… except I’ve never cooked with one before, I don’t know what to cook in it or how to cook with it. lol Do I fry up eggs in it? Do I have to make sure I spray it with cooking spray so things don’t stick?! I have no clue! Help! Oh and recipies are always a plus!
*edit* It’s pretty heavy, so if all else fails I can just use it as a burglar deterrent like Rapunzel did in the movie Tangled (besssttt movie everrrr)
Post # 3
Mother-In-Law would use hers to fry things – chicken, onion rings, fries, etc. I’m trying to remember what else it was used for but I’m drawing a huge blank. We have one as well, but never use it.
Post # 4
No soap!! Ever! Wash it out with a little water if there is really something stuck, but usually just a wipe down cleans it. It needs to be seasoned properly and then it will be non-stick without putting anything in it. You can use them for lots of things that need non stick pans. This link has lots of good tips but they suggest soap which will strip the seasoning off the pan and make things stick. Just rinse it out with water and make sure no food particles are left and it is fine. I swear, we ate off cast iron that hadn’t been washed with soap in years, just as long as they get wiped out good they are fine.
They last FOREVER! My dad has some csst iron skilets that were HIS grandma’s pots and they still work wonderfully.
Post # 5
@chasesgirl: You said it all. 🙂
You can cook anything in a cast iron skillet. I have 3 different sizes and my largest has a lid also. I bake in it, fry in it, braise in it…everything!!!
Post # 6
^^^ This. Season it properly and it will last forever. I’m still using my great-grandmother’s cast iron skillets and Fiance just bought me a cast iron dutch oven. I adore cast iron cookware.
Post # 7
I LOVE my cast iron skillet! I don’t use any other pans. I use it for EVERYTHINGGGG.
I also never wash it with soap! It keeps the flavor!! I just rinse it with water and then spray it. Bacteria and stuff burns off when you turn on the stove to cook!
Edit: Just realized the nice lady above said the same thing. Yesssss!
Post # 8
I agree with the PPs- you can use it for anything you would use a frying pan for (bonus- it can go in the oven, which is really helpful for things like frittata, I also use mine in the grill), and avoid soap. I usually just wipe it out with a paper towel & a little olive oili when I’m finished using it. Also, make sure you have an oven mit around- the handle gets really hot! That’s one of the things I had to learn when I started using mine.
Post # 9
Yes, I forgot to mention about the seasoning. We would only clean it with water and a paper towel.
Post # 10
Thanks! What oil do you suggest seasoning the pan with? In my brief research, it’s been all over the place (well all different types of vegetable based oils). does it really matter that much? I have veggie oil on hand, but I can go out and get any of the numerous oils suggested (flaxseed, shortening, etc.)
Post # 11
I also received a cast iron skillet as an engagement present, so I’m loving these tips.
Mine is Le Creuset and the instructions say it doesn’t need to be seasoned – is this true?
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@Woodstock: Veggie oil or canola oil is fine. Olive oil is likely to go rancid, but you can sue it in cooking, just not for seasoning. Make sure you reseason it occassionally. Never use soap. We scrub ours with course salt if we need to clear it really well.
@LilacViolet: Le Cresuet ones should not be seasoned because they are coated with black enamel.
Post # 13
I love making blackened chicken in mine. I just buy some bone in, skin on, chicken breasts and season them up with a cajun seasoning and throw them in the pan. Blacken them on both sides then into the oven for the rest of the cooking. It’s SO good.
If you find you enjoy it, look into a dutch oven too. I use mine to make an awesome full chicken in.
Post # 14
I actually use Crisco to season mine. That’s what my mother/grandmother/great-grandmother used. I also find it easier to coat the entire thing with shortning rather than oil.
Post # 15
I ADORE my cast iron skillet. Plus is adds iron to your meals!
Post # 16
funny, my Fiance just gifted me a large cast iron skillet too, after a heated debate over cornbread!!! He’s a true southern gentleman, born n raised out of a cast iron skillet, and nearly had a heart failure when he was at my house for dinner…I made corn “cake” (cuz I added sugar) in PYREX! Oh, the HORROR!!!!
Anywho, it took him approx 48 hours to deliver me my “engagement gift” we immediately fried bacon in it, then rubbed it with the leftover grease and baked it out on the grill at highest flame for about an hour. We’ve since repeated this about 3 times now, and it’s already gettin that Teflon-like smooth interior. And, of course, I’ve been shown the Family Recipe for REAL cornbread, and I have to say, it is pretty Yums!
crisco, lard, or bacon grease, in oven or on grill = best way to season skillet 🙂