How did you get started with Dutch oven & cast iron cooking?

Thursday, July 8, 2010 @ 08:07 AM

I started cooking with cast iron when I left home. I was 19 and out on my own for the first time. I needed some pots and pans. I went to a thrift store in West Seattle area and found an old 10″ Griswold cast iron skillet. I bought it for $2. I still have it today. It did not have a lid. Oddly enough I had a friend moving when I lived in Florida. He had been storing many peoples’ stuff for a while and when they did not come to pick up their stuff, he said to gather my friends and take whatever we wanted. Well, guess what I found? Another 10″ cast iron skillet,another Griswold. A deep one, and with it…. a domed cast iron lid! I was in my glory. I use these pots weekly, more so in the cooler weather. I’ve moved multiple times over many miles. I would NEVER part with my Griswold cast iron skillets! I have since added a dutch oven, some smaller skillets & a griddle or 2. Not the beautiful Griswolds made in Erie,PA, but good solid cast iron, and just as worthy.

I love cooking with cast iron. You can cook on the stove top, in the oven, on an open fire, on the grill. You can deep fry, bake, roast, stew. They are very versatile and so easy to care for. As long as you take care of them properly, a well seasoned cast iron pot will last you a lifetime.

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