You may be thinking what does cast iron pans have to do with money? Well, it’s actually the reason why we use them. So let me explain why I switched to cast iron pans.
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When we first got married we purchased a nice set of nonstick pots and pans. And I really liked them! But after about 5 years, the used pans need to be replaced. They had a lot of scratches plus some of the nonstick coating was coming off (not something I want to eat).
We looked at our options of purchasing new nonstick pans but knew they too would only probably last 5 years. Most nice pans cost between $20-$50 depending on the size and brand.
Then on a whim and curiosity, we decided to look into cast iron pans because we love dutch oven cooking. To be honest we thought these pan would be expensive because it’s all metal.
But we were surprised!
WHY I SWITCHED TO CAST IRON PANS
It would save us money –
- Cast iron pans are the same cost as a regular nonstick pan but they last for hundreds of years, not 5. So if I had to replace a $35 10″ skillet/pan every 5 years for the next 30 years, I would save $175 on just one pan.
I can cook at home and camping with it –
- Cast iron pans can be placed in a fire to cook with and we love to camp. This again would save us from purchasing additional pans for car camping. I would not recommend backpacking with a cast iron pan, it’s a little heavy!
- ALSO they can be placed in the oven!!
Food tastes better –
- I hope you have tried something cooked in a dutch over (which is cast iron) because then you will know what I am talking about. The best thing about cast iron is the seasoning you get from using it. Bread is amazing this way, my husband makes recipes out of “Four Water Salt Yeast” book by Ken Forkish.
BONUS – It’s a weapon – I hope you have seen the kids movie “Tangled” because she uses a cast iron pan as a weapon!
And those are the reasons why we switched but I want you to know that there is a learning/adjustment curve from using cast iron.
- You NEVER use soap to wash/clean them. They should just be rinsed and scrubbed. We like to use the pan scraper or the Ringer cast iron cleaner to do this.
- You heat up the pan before using, to disinfect.
- Things can stick so use butter.
I personally LOVE our cast iron pans and currently have 6 skillets, not all are pictured!
I would suggest you do some research on caring for these types of pans and start with one to see how you like it. Who knows you could be switching to cast iron pans also!