Should I Start Using Soap on My Cast Iron Pans? – The Pros and Cons

If you have never used soap on your cast iron pans but keep hearing it’s okay, you may be asking yourself, “Should I start using soap on my cast iron pans?” On the one hand, you’ve done just fine without it; on the other hand, you are open to new ideas and at least hearing … Read more

Why Is Cast Iron Cookware Brittle? – 4 Reasons to Consider

Have you ever asked why is cast iron cookware brittle? It’s true that one of the benefits of using cast iron is it’s durable and long-lasting. On the other hand, it’s also true that cast iron is brittle, meaning it can break. So it would be good to understand why and what you can do … Read more

When Should I Use a Lid For My Cast Iron Skillet? – 3 Times to Consider

Have you been cooking with cast iron and wondered, “When should I use a lid for my cast iron skillet?” Or your asking, “Do I even need a cover, and if so, which is better, glass or cast iron?” Maybe you feel like a lid isn’t necessary, and if a recipe calls for one, you … Read more

Can I Make Rice in My Cast Iron Skillet? – 4 Easy Steps

Have you ever wanted to know, “Can I make rice in my cast iron skillet?” Maybe you like the idea of using your iron pan as much as possible, but you’re not sure how to make rice. However, you would like to find out. Me, too. So, let’s get started. Can I Make Rice in … Read more

Can I Boil Pasta in My Cast Iron? – 5 Views and a Recipe

Has anyone ever asked, “Can I boil pasta in my cast iron?” Surely, I am not the only one who’s asked this question. Maybe you’ve heard that you can cook anything in cast iron. But you’re not sure about pasta. So, first, you must define what type of cast iron you’re using, because there is a … Read more

Why Do I Need to Cool Cast Iron in the Oven After Seasoning? – 3 Reasons to Consider

Have you ever wondered, “Why do I need to cool cast iron in the oven after seasoning?” At first, you may think it’s simply part of the process. By this, I mean your pan isn’t entirely seasoned until it’s no longer hot. So, in effect, you cool your cast iron in the oven because it’s … Read more

Is It Okay to Boil Water in Cast Iron – Or Water-Based Foods?

Since you can wash cast iron in water, is it okay to boil water in seasoned cast iron? It seems like it would be okay. Because the seasoning should protect the iron from rusting, right? But what happens to the seasoning while the water is boiling?  And what about cooking water-based soups or boiling pasta? … Read more

How Does a Metal Spatula Help Make My Cast Iron Smooth?

Are you asking, “How does a metal spatula help make my cast iron smooth?” Let’s say you have a new Lodge cast iron skillet, and it has a bumpy texture. Although you like the idea of having a smooth pan, you don’t want to sand it. So, you plan to build up the seasoning over … Read more

Why Would I Want My Cast Iron Pan to Be Smooth? – 5 Reasons to Consider

Do you have a bumpy skillet and wonder, “Why would I want my cast iron to be smooth?” I mean, they look nice, but are there any real advantages to having your skillet smooth over rough? And is it worth it to sand it down and get one quickly, or can I wait and get … Read more

Is Cast Iron Cookware Healthy? – 7 Considerations

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase using the links in my articles, I receive a small commission. Have you ever asked yourself if it is safe to cook with cast iron? Is cast iron cookware healthy? Have you heard people saying it is or it … Read more