One tool in your Georgetown kitchen that has a lot of potentials can be the cast-iron skillet. If this is your first time handling a cast iron pan, you might want to know more about how to cook with and care for your pan. While there are a few things you definitely should know before you cook with cast iron for the first time, after following these basic tips, you will feel comfortable working with this pan for your culinary masterpieces.
The first thing to know about cast iron is that there is a wide range of skillet types and sizes. Make sure you pick the right size cast iron pan for the dish you are planning to make. Most professional chefs recommend a 10-inch skillet for everyday use. Some cast-iron pans, though, can weigh up to 25 pounds! If you won’t always be preparing large quantities of food, the 10-inch pan would serve its purpose.
Before you use your cast iron pan, make sure you “season” it first as manufacturers recommend. When cast iron has a hard, nonstick surface, it tends to work better. You can create this surface using oil and your oven. To season a cast iron pan, all you need to do is rub a light coat of vegetable oil over both the inside and outside of your pan. Then, place the pan upside-down in a 500-degree oven for about an hour. The good thing about working with cast iron is that this seasoning process occurs naturally each time you make chicken or steak in it. Your pan’s surface gets a new coating from the fat of the meat cooked in it, making your pan work even better.
You can start cooking once your cast iron has been prepared. But when you are planning each dish, keep in mind that there are some foods you shouldn’t make in a cast iron pan. Cast iron pans and scrambled eggs do not make for a good day in the kitchen. The eggs tend to bond with the iron and make it hard to clean. If you do not want a metallic flavor in your dish, steer clear of cooking tomato sauce in this pan as tomato’s natural acidity reacts with the pan’s material. Lastly, do not use a cast iron pan for cooking salmon or other oily fish. The oils will bond with the pan’s surface and make everything you cook in the pan after that taste fishy. Cinnamon rolls are one of the dishes people enjoy making in a cast iron pan. But if you make the rolls in the pan after cooking fish in it, the rolls are going to taste like salmon. Most people do not enjoy salmon-flavored bread.
To make sure that all goes well at your first attempt at cooking with cast iron, you should remember these tips. First, you must make sure that the pan is preheated. Some beginners make the mistake of forgetting to heat the pan before putting food in it. This can often result in longer cooking times and burnt or inedible food. Should you end up burning something in a cast iron pan, you must not soak it in water to remove it. You can use a salt scrub as an alternative to clean your cast iron pan. Other cooks use salt and half of potato to scrub their cast iron pans. Afterward, wipe it with a little dish soap and water. Don’t use too much soap or soak the pan in water as this damages the pan’s coating.
That’s how simple it is! With these tips, you’ll soon be a cast-iron expert. Would you like to learn more about how to care for and maintain other items in your house properly? Call us at 512-850-7084 or contact us online today!
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