My cast iron pan has traveled the country with us. It has cooked fish over the campfire in the north woods.It has fried eggs for breakfast in the desert. And it has sautéed vegetables in the mountains. While it may not look the prettiest, it just keeps getting better with every use. That is one of the many reasons that I love cast iron.
When my husband and I got married, we got all the typical nonstick cookware for wedding gifts. At first they seemed like great cookware. However, they slowly lost their non-stick ability and had to be tossed out. Cast iron, if treated correctly, keeps its non-stick properties and stands the test of time.
Non-stick cookware uses harmful ingredients that can get into your food and air. When using cast iron, iron can also get into your food. This is typically not an issue, unless you are prone to excessively high iron levels.
Cast iron cookware also cleans up easily. I like to use a chain-mail metal scrub pad and just rinse it off in hot water (no soap!). If you find food starts sticking to it, you can put some oil, such as coconut or avocado oil, on it along with some sea salt. Heat it up for a while, let it cool, and wipe it out.
Cast iron is also very affordable. While some brands are more expensive than others, most pans are not very much considering they can last a lifetime. Click here to a see a brand of cast iron cookware that we like. To see other products and brands we use click here.
I look forward to the places we will travel with this pan in the future as it continues to cook nourishing meals wherever we may be.
To learn how we use our cast iron pan while camping, click here to read our blog One-Skillet Meal Planning for Camping.