What is a Patina on Cast Iron Cookware?

Do you hear the term “patina” in connection to a cast iron pan and wonder what it is exactly? Can you buy a new cast iron pan with a patina, or do you only get it from stripping and re-seasoning? Should you care about having one, or is it only for the die-hard cast iron … Read more

Can Cast Iron Last Forever?

Have you heard the phrase “Cast iron lasts forever” or even said it yourself? I know I have. So, is it true? Can cast iron really last forever? Or is it merely an expression to attest to its durability? Let’s find out. Can Cast Iron Last Forever? Technically, cast iron can only last as long … Read more

Does Acidic Food Taste Bad When Cooked in Cast Iron?

Have you heard that cooking acidic foods in cast iron will cause the food to take on a metallic flavor? How and why would that happen? If your cast iron is seasoned, the iron should not come in contact with the food. And if the iron doesn’t touch the food, how can it change the … Read more

What is Cast Iron Cookware? – The Science of How It is Made

Have you ever wondered, “What is cast iron cookware? How is it made?” You can probably guess it’s cookware made out of iron, but why is it called cast iron? These are good questions and ones we will explore for the next few minutes. There is some science involved so let’s get ready to learn. … Read more

Is Cast Iron Indestructible? – 6 Things to Consider

Have you heard that cast iron is indestructible? That it will last forever? Usually, I read and have probably said that it’s virtually indestructible. But what does virtually indestructible mean? Virtually means nearly or almost. Consequently, if cast iron is almost indestructible, it can be destroyed, even if unlikely. So, what are these things that … Read more

Do You Get Iron from Cast Iron Pans – How Much?

Do you get iron from cooking in cast iron pans, or is it a myth? Yes, you can get iron from cast iron pans, but whether the amount is significant or not is not clearly answered. Some say you get a significant amount from cooking in cast iron and site a 1986 study done by … Read more

Why Does My New Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Have an Unfinished Spot?

Do you have a new cast iron skillet with an unfinished spot that looks like it wasn’t seasoned? I do. Apparently, it happens. Fortunately, your pan isn’t defective, and the spot is perfectly safe. But, what is it? Let’s find out. Why Does My New Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Have an Unfinished Spot? Many cast … Read more

At What Temperature Does Oil Polymerize?

The internet is full of information on the best way to season cast iron. The problem is there is no consensus. Since seasoning is all about the oil bonding to the iron (polymerization), it might be helpful to know a few things such as, “At what temperature does oil polymerize?” If you have a basic … Read more

Why Are There No Cast Iron Baking Sheets – Or Are There?

Ever wondered, “Why are there no cast iron baking sheets?” You know that cast iron is beneficial, so why not make a baking sheet for your favorite foods you make in the oven? For example, cookies or pizza? Or roasted vegetables? Surely cast iron would do a better job than what you currently use. But, … Read more

Why Does Cast Iron Seasoning Go Rancid – Or Does It?

Are you wondering, “Why Does Cast Iron Seasoning Go Rancid?” You went to get out the dutch oven that you hadn’t used in a while and immediately noticed an unpleasant odor coming from the pan. Or you’re cooking in the pan you use every day, but now it suddenly smells rancid, and the food you … Read more