Non-Stick AND Non-Toxic!
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Non-Stick AND Non-Toxic!

Are you tired of your flimsy non-stick pans that seem to lose their coating after just a few uses? Full of chemicals leaching into the foods you are serving your family? Well, it's time to upgrade to the OG of cookware - Cast Iron! Not only does it have a rustic charm that will make you feel like a culinary wizard, but it also comes with a whole host of health benefits that will make your body thank you. Let's dive into why cast iron cookware is the real MVP in the kitchen.

 

 

1. Iron Infusion

Did you know that cooking with cast iron can actually increase the iron content of your food? That's right, every time you whip up a delicious meal in your trusty cast iron skillet, a small amount of iron leaches into your food, giving you a little nutrient boost with every bite. Who knew your cookware could be so generous?

 

2. Non-Toxic Goodness

Say goodbye to harmful chemicals leaching into your food from non-stick pans. Cast iron cookware is all-natural and chemical-free, making it a safe and healthy option for your kitchen. Plus, it's super easy to clean - just give it a quick scrub with some hot water and a brush, and you're good to go!

 

3. Heat Retention Master

Cast iron is a pro at retaining heat, ensuring that your food cooks evenly and stays warm longer. This means you can cook your meals to perfection without worrying about hot spots or uneven cooking. Plus, you can use it on the stovetop, in the oven, or even over a campfire - master of versatility!

 

4. Durability for Days

Unlike flimsy pans that seem to warp and scratch at the slightest touch, cast iron cookware is built to last a lifetime. With proper care and seasoning, your cast iron skillet will only get better with age, developing a natural non-stick surface that can rival any modern coating. It's a kitchen investment that will pay off for years to come.

So, if you're looking to up your cooking game and boost your health at the same time, it's time to make the switch to cast iron cookware. Your taste buds and your body will thank you for it!

 

Why Heidi loves it...

I used to be so intimidated by cast iron. The process of cleaning and caring for it always seemed like more trouble than it was worth. If I hadn't experienced a great awakening, I'd probably still be cooking with over-priced, low-performing, toxic cookware. I know, cringe! Let's touch on this great awakening, shall we? The year is 2009 and I go on my first date with the lovely gentleman who is now my husband (awwww!) and early on, he pulled out all the stops in the kitchen. He cooked dinner for me nightly and as the old adage goes, definitely found his way to my heart through my stomach! I'd come to learn that his parents were incredible South Louisiana culinary enthusiasts - once owning and operating a catering company. His father in particular was a collector of old cast iron. I don't think any of us realized how into cast iron he was until the day we inherited his nearly 200 piece collection of cast iron cookware - mostly Griswold. Everything from muffin pans to multi-gallon cauldrons he'd use to make jambalaya for every cook-off and police fundraiser in town. And every skillet and Dutch oven in-between. We kept a few skillets and set them aside somewhere deep in a kitchen cabinet. My husband, being the chef in our home, began using them randomly but I was horrified to touch them. One Christmas, we we're gifted our first Smithey skillet from my brother-in-law... (the irony is that he inherited 1/2 of the Griswold collection and knew that we had no shortage of cast iron). But this is when the world tilted on its axis. The brand new beautiful bronze finish just did something to me. I finally took the time to learn how to use and care for it and to my surprise, it was waaaaay less intimidating than I could have ever imaged. Cast iron is now our primary cookware and we will never look back! 

Stay tuned for Part 2 for a lesson in cast iron care!

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