Should Airbnb Hosts Supply Cast Iron Cookware?

Should Airbnbs supply cast iron cookware? Do you have an opinion? If you own a vacation rental property, you probably do. Or, if you stay at Airbnbs when you travel, you might have a preference. Not long ago, I wrote an article on who travels with their cast iron, and I was somewhat surprised that … Read more

Why Strip the Seasoning From My Cast Iron Skillet? – 3 Reasons to Consider

A commonly asked question is, “Why strip the seasoning off my cast iron skillet?” Maybe you have a cast iron pan that you can’t use in its current condition or a new skillet you’d like to reseason. And you think stripping the seasoning might be what you should do, but you want to know more. … Read more

What is the Black Residue on My Cast Iron Pan? – 3 Ways to Clean and Keep It From Coming Back

Who’s wondering, “What is the black residue on my cast iron pan?” Either you see black flakes in your food while you’re cooking, or the paper towel or cloth turns dark when you dry your skillet. It may appear as raised areas on the cooking surface and keep your pan from looking and feeling smooth. … 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

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

Why Can’t I Put My Cast Iron in the Dishwasher? – 2 Reasons to Consider

Are you asking, “Why can’t I put my cast iron in the dishwasher?” I mean, it would be so much easier, right? No scrubbing or following specific steps to clean your pan; just rinse, load, and run the dishwasher with all your other dishes.  Ummm…not so fast. You probably should think about what your cast … Read more

How Do I Sear Chuck Steak So It’s Tender? – 4 Primary Ways

Have you wanted to know, as I have, “How do I sear chuck steak so it’s tender?” Chuck steak is naturally a tougher cut of meat because of the section of the cow it comes from, but it is also more economical. So, if there is a way to make it tender, why spend the … Read more