History of Cast Iron
We thought we would share a little history of cast iron to give you an idea of just how respected this component is. Those old cast iron skillets, griddles and pots that your grandmother used to cook with were some of the best, if not THE BEST cookware ever invented.
As human beings we have a tendency to always want to improve; whether it's technology, services or the products that we use. While that's a good thing, it's equally important to keep in mind that some things never need improving.
Remember that old cliche "don't fix what isn't broke". Cast iron fit's this cliche perfectly. For centuries people have been using this one of a kind material to cook with for many reasons including it's ability to hold in the heat and keep the meal warm while on the dinner table. Plus it's sturdiness to sustain to the living conditions of life back then.
Cooking Over a Fire
We didn't always have the luxury of kitchen stoves and in fact they didn't come into existence until the mid 19th century. Before stoves ever entered the picture, most cooking was done by using cast iron pots with handles that could directly hang over the fire in the fireplace or over a pit.
Although slightly different, we still use this cooking technique today by using charcoal griills and cast iron. Very popular with those that enjoy going back to the basics of outdoor cooking and the smokey flavor of directly grilling over a fire.
Even today, cast iron skillets are passed down through the generations. Proud southerner's still swear by it for baking their famous cornbread recipes and no other skillet will do.
Steaks, casseroles, stews, biscuits and desserts are more perfect examples of what can be cooked in that old skillet. Cast iron is so versatile that it can easily go from the stove to the oven and to the grill. NEVER MICROWAVE THOUGH!!
Lasts a Lifetime
Nothing beats cast iron's durability. A well seasoned piece of cast iron will literally last a lifetime and the results of using it over and over will show in your meals. This is why your great grandma and grandma passed it down. However, it's important that you maintain the seasoning of this wonderful product. Even with pre-seasoned commercial cast iron products; maintaining the finish is crucial. Should your skillet or grate become scratched, it's important to re-season.
Be sure to check out all of our cast iron products here on our site. Our grates are seasoned in advance and fit most popular charcoal grills today.