Cooking is one of the most thriving endeavours on the face of the earth. Whether it is for personal consumption, or for family consumption, or whether it be for public consumption, cooking is done every day and on a regular basis, and it is important that it be done right.
The most popular of cooking wares, especially when we talk about pots, are made of cast iron. Cast iron cooking wares can be quite heavy. Despite this major disadvantage of the cast iron wares, it still serves a great deal in adding a couple of benefits to cooking. Besides, the weight of these cast iron wares can be of advantage in gaining a couple of extra muscles. This wide patronage of cast ironwares over the years has left us with a lot of questions as to the benefits or importance of cast irons in kitchen wares. Cast iron wares have a lot of advantages when it comes to cooking.
Let us now consider a couple of benefits of cast iron in cooking.
Cast iron wares are renowned for toughness. Taking a walk through various garage and junkyard sales and auctions is one is quick to come across a whole lot of these wares. Standing in the sales corner, sitting like antiques, one sees in them a first-hand impression of durability and toughness. Cast iron wares can stand the test of time. They are almost free from the sufferings occasioned on other wares by depreciation, as well as of fair wear and tear.
- Heat retention
These wares come in very thick texture. Suffice it to say that thickness is one of the major characteristic features of the cast iron wares. This thickness enables these pots to have a high level of heat retention. This singular feature makes the cast iron wares very ideal for steaming meat and doing other sorts of simmering.
- Better seasoning
Seasoning has never been better. When you are cooking with cast iron, it improves the active ingredients in the food being cooked. The food seasoning becomes more pronounced and more active. This way, you get a great tasting meal, far above comparison with other cooking wares, just for the single advantage of cooking with cast iron wares.
- De-ionize food
Almost all our food contain a good amount of iron. Iron is good for the body, but as we already know, anything taken in excess can quickly turn counter-productive, causing our bodies, in the process, more harm than good. Cooking with cast iron helps check this excess. When you cook food with cast iron, your food goes through a simple iron reduction process. You may ask “how does this happen?” Cast iron, when heated, has the potential of absorbing a great amount of iron from the food. This is a special advantage of these wares. In the long run, your food is left well cooked and delicious, with an appropriate amount of iron sufficient for the body.
- Beautiful display
One of the most important parts of cooking is the presentation and display of the food. Food cooked in cast iron wares have a great look when they are to be put on display, especially when the display takes place is the same or another cast ironware. The taste of the food is in the eating, but it takes the eyes to recommend the food as being good before it goes down your throat.
- Pre-heat before cooking
When you cook with one of these wares, it is good to pre-heat the pot. This is popularly referred to as the sizzle and pop effect. This helps you know that the pot is ready to be used for cooking.
On a final note, cooking is fun, but the fun is more when you use the right wares in cooking. Cast iron, despite its weight, is a great ware with great potentials aimed at giving your meal that perfect touch as well as that seamless finish that anyone will desire or possibly imagine.