Why Do You Fry Food in Oil Instead of Water? – 3 Reasons to Consider

Have you ever asked, “Why do we fry food in oil instead of water?” Water would be healthier and cost less. Or maybe you just want to understand the way things work. Whatever your reason for asking, let’s consider why we fry food in oil and not water. In addition, let’s answer the question as … Read more

What Can You Do With a Cast Iron Wood Stove Kettle? – 3 Ideas to Consider

What can you do with a cast iron wood stove kettle? This is a question people are asking. If you have a wood stove kettle, can you heat up water for drinking or brewing tea? What if you don’t have a wood stove? Are there any other uses for it? And how are wood stove … Read more

What Does a Well-Seasoned Skillet Look Like? – Here’s 6 Qualities

So, what does a well-seasoned skillet look like? You read and hear about having a well-seasoned skillet, but they often just say the words and don’t explain what they mean. I used to think it meant a glossy finish.  And that it took years and years to have a well-seasoned skillet because that’s how long it … Read more

Do I Need to Oil My Cast Iron Pan Before Storing It? – Plus 6 Ways to Store

Many people are curious and asking, “Do I need to oil my cast iron pan before storing it?” Oil is necessary for seasoning cast iron, but what about adding more when it’s in storage? Whether it’s being put away long-term or just until the next time you use it, you might not know the best … Read more

Do I Have to Season My Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet?

Have you ever wanted to know, “Do I have to season my preseasoned cast iron skillet?” If you are new to cooking with cast iron and just bought your first skillet, you may have many questions about seasoning. I know I did. The first time I cooked in my new skillet, the eggs stuck. After … Read more

Should I Oil the Food or My Cast Iron Pan When Cooking?

Are you wondering, “Should I oil the food or my cast iron skillet when cooking?” It can be confusing, and I’m not sure there is a right or wrong way. However, it’s good to know the pros and cons of each method so you can make an informed decision. So, let’s get started. Should I … Read more

What If I Can’t Stand the Burning Smell of My Cast Iron Skillet? – 3 Alternative Ways to Season

“What if I can’t stand the burning smell of my cast iron skillet when I season it in the oven?” might be a question you would like answered. I know well the odor you are talking about, and it isn’t pleasant. Some people are more affected by it than others, though. So, if you are … Read more

Will Butter Burn in a Cast Iron Skillet?

This might sound like a strange question, but will butter burn in a cast iron skillet? It seems this is quite a common question that many people have asked. Since cast iron gets very hot and stays hot, it’s not out of the question to want to know. Butter burns quickly on hot surfaces. However, … Read more

Why Preheat My Cast Iron Skillet Before Adding Oil? – Here’s 5 Reasons

A common question people ask is, “Why preheat my cast iron skillet before adding oil?” Indeed, everyone agrees that your oil must be hot before adding food, but some say it’s not necessary to preheat the pan before adding the oil. So, which is it? Should you preheat your skillet before adding the oil, or … Read more

How Many Times Should I Season My Cast Iron? – 3 Questions to Ask

Who else is asking, “How many times should I season my cast iron?” You probably already know about seasoning and that it’s necessary but that doesn’t mean you know how often you need to do it or how to know when it’s time. As with many things about cast iron, the advice varies. Since there … Read more