Simmer Down Now

February 4th

cast iron

I’ve got a new kitchen tool I’m loving — le cast iron skillet. Don’t ask why it took me so long to make the $15 investment, but I’m not turning back, ever. It is so sturdy and cooks evenly. Plus, it weighs a ton and can be used as a self-defense tool if necessary.

cast iron love

Thanks for your excitement and curiosity about TDH. It was nice to see him, and he too had a great laugh at the bird poop incident. Alas, with an African plane ticket in hand, he is geographically undesirable.

simmer down now

So many cute boys, so much time…

~K

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  1. I have a complete set of cast-iron cookware (also good for camping trips) along with my Caphalon set. My mother and grandmother (very Southern women) always used cast iron; it cooks wonderfully well and holds up over time. The Caphalon set is my husband’s preference and between us, we can do some cookin’.

    You probably know about this but you need to season your cast iron skillets; here’s a link to good instructions and tips: http://huntsville.about.com/cs/food/ht/Cast_Iron.htm

  2. The bird poop story is just the best! I love it!

    (I also love the CD you sent! You are so sweet. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It made my Saturday morning – I listened to it twice as I got ready for my trip. πŸ˜‰

  3. Where did you get the skillet? I thought they were quite a bit more expensive than that

  4. Boo to “geographically undesirable”!

  5. The cast iron skillet. The most important tool one can have in a kitchen. I am lucky to have one handed down to me by my mother-in-law. Seasoned for four generations. My parents raised us with cast iron – no non-stick in our house! Remember to season it well, and clean it properly. Just because its a $15 skillet doesn’t mean it can’t one day be passed down to your grandchildren. πŸ™‚

  6. ps – I recommend crisco to season it, instead of oil…

  7. Next time you go out you can wear your new skillet to shield you from bird poo. πŸ™‚

  8. Too funny – I was just telling my friend the other day how I love my cast iron skillet. My mom had 4 sizes! No non=stick in our house either. Since I don’t eat much red meat, I figure it’s good for my iron! πŸ˜‰ My mom always stressed – if you must leave it to soak – make sure it’s fully submerged in water or it will rust AND always dry it thoroughly. At one point I was afraid to wash them for fear I would screw it up!

  9. Plus, whenever you pick up that monster, you’re getting an excellent cardio workout….

  10. Cast iron r000lz!

    (Cain’t be a lil’ hillbilly girl without at least one good skillet, you know…)

  11. Jen in PA February 4, 2008

    Who IS this TDH? What happened to Senor Salty??

  12. I asked for and got two of those for Xmas. But, man, the gift giver didn’t get such a great deal on mine! Seeing your pictures reminds me that I need to make some pot-holder-dealy-mcbops for the handles of mine!!

  13. I had a cast iron skillet too at one time (where IS that thing??) and it always reminded me of my Holly Hobby oven and the skillet that came with it! πŸ™‚

  14. you will never go back, cast iron is the greatest. I’m thinking of trying the muffin tins….

  15. Hi, I’m Pat, a new reader through June’s blog — nice to meet you!
    I just had to comment that cast iron really is the best material for cooking as it heats evenly and retains heat longer, and it also has the added benefit of adding a minute amount of the natural trace mineral iron to our blood, which is a lot better than aluminum or Teflon..lol
    Seasoning by wiping around some oil after you wash it is important to keep it non stick. June gave a great link in her comment on further care.

  16. I love mine, I’ve had it for 14 years, and it’s still my fave, Just make sure you dont ruin the nice black seasoning you have built up on it by using harsh soaps etc. It will eventually become non-stick! I clean mine with coarse kosher salt. Happy cooking!

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