Popular Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware has been a popular favorite among cooks and homemakers for generations. But what makes cast iron a popular choice and why is it favored over other materials used for cookware?

Comparing Apples to Apples (or Cast Iron to Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Copper)

With so many cookware materials and types to choose from, one might wonder what makes cast iron such a popular choice. Think about it. When buying cookware, you can choose from stainless steel, copper, aluminum and nonstick materials. There’s also carbon steel, enamel and even tin. Why, then, is cast iron cookware so widely accepted and well received?

What Do You Want from Your Cookware?

Ask yourself the following question: What do you demand from your cookware? Obviously, you want reliability. This means cookware you can depend on, week after week, month after month and year after year. Seemingly, cast iron fits the bill. A cast iron skillet, pan or Dutch oven is not likely to warp, chip, bend or break as some other materials might under certain conditions.

When used at high heat (such as over 400 degrees F), some materials are known to break down. This may cause a pan to warp or bend. Cast iron, however, can be used at high temperatures without the concern of warping. It’s especially durable for restaurant use.

Even Heat Distribution

How many times have you cooked pancakes on a nonstick or stainless steel frying pan or griddle, only to find “hot spots” or uneven cooking. The ends might turn out crispy, while the middle is barely cooked through. Your food can easily be ruined and wasted when this happens. An advantage to cast iron cookware is that it tends to cook evenly. Heat distribution and dispersion is more even than other types of cookware. This probably accounts for the immense popularity of cast iron cookware.