• When it comes to cookware, deciding which kind you’re going to invest in can be tricky. You’ve got your run-of-the-mill stainless steel pots and pans, copper, aluminum, clay, stoneware, non-stick surfaces, and finally, cast iron. Each with its unique features and benefits.

    However, cast iron cookware stands out as a top contender, and here’s why.


    It’s extremely durable

    Cast iron cookware is incredibly durable!

    Made by pouring molten iron into a mold, it is denser and more robust than other types of cookware. This density makes it less susceptible to warping, scratching, or breaking, and it can withstand high temperatures and retain heat for an extended period.


    It’s healthier to cook with

    When it comes to cookware, we often overlook the impact it has on our health.

    Cast iron cookware is an excellent option because it’s free from harmful chemicals that can leach into your food. Unlike other types of cookware, cast iron does not have a non-stick coating that contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that have been linked to cancer and other health problems like hormone imbalance.

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    Plus, cast iron cookware can increase the iron content in your food, which is beneficial for people with iron deficiencies.


    It distributes heat evenly on all tops

    Cast iron cookware’s ability to distribute heat evenly comes from its thick, dense form. This thickness allows your pot/pan to retain heat evenly and distribute uniformly across the cooking surface. Cast iron is a great option for even-cooking with consistent flavour and texture.

    Plus, the material distributes heat evenly across all cooking surfaces. Cast iron can be used on a gas stove, electric stove, oven, and even open fire.


    It looks great in your kitchen artillery

    There’s something about the look of cast iron cookware that reminds us of home. Its rustic form complements any kitchen decor. It comes in various colours with or without enamel coating, you can always find a pot that matches your splashback.

    Are there any downsides?

    While cast iron cookware boasts many benefits, there are also some cons to consider before purchasing your set:

     Cast iron is heavier…

    Cast iron cookware is heavier than other kinds of cookware. This weight can make it tricky to handle, especially if you haven’t found your flow with the new set yet. It takes some time getting used to!

    Cast iron requires lots love…

    Your cast iron set requires regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. It needs to be seasoned correctly, which involves coating the cookware with a thin layer of flaxseed oil and heating it. This process creates a lasting non-stick surface and prevents rusting.

    Cast iron cookware also can’t be cleaned in the dishwasher or with harsh chemicals which can damage the layer of seasoning and affect its performance.

    Is it worth it?

    Yes! It’s affordable, durable, and healthier for you. It distributes heat evenly and looks great in the kitchen. Plus, it lasts forever! If you’re willing to commit to the maintenance of cast iron, it’s worth your while.

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    Written by Savanna Douglas for Woman&Home.

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