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As the western world becomes more health conscious, cookware isn’t escaping analysis. The benefits of using cast iron are vast, and along with being a material that can stand the test of time, cast iron is also one of the healthiest options to cook with. Here are some of the benefits you need to know about if you’re considering upgrading your cookware.
Using a cast iron pan will ensure you avoid digesting the chemicals that are present when using Teflon pans. When preheating a Teflon pan, it will release chemicals called perfluorinated compounds which can get into your food, especially if the pan is scratched. These chemicals have been linked to many different health problems, and it’s important that pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding avoid them at all costs. A cast iron pan is naturally nonstick when seasoned properly so you don’t need to worry when it comes to switching from Teflon.
In comparison to a steel pan, cast iron is a breeze to clean. If you’re already doing a lot of home cooking, you don’t need the dishes to be a hassle too. To maintain your cast iron pan and keep it from rusting, all you need to do is place it in the sink while it’s still hot and scrape off any leftovers with a rough brush or spatula. When you’ve done that, leave it to cool on the stove. After your meal, wipe it down with paper towel and add a little oil to the pan to ensure the seasoning stays intact.
Dose Up on Iron
Did you know that cooking with an iron pan can actually help you if you have an iron deficiency? Studies have shown that the iron quantity in foods that have been cooked in cast iron has increased. This is great news for pregnant mothers who may need to increase their iron count. The longer food is cooked in cast iron, the more iron ends up in the food. For example, a passata sauce that’s cooked for an hour is likely to be full of iron, where a scrambled egg may only benefit slightly.
There seems to be some sort of misconception that cast iron cookware costs a lot. On the contrary, cast iron pans are one of the cheapest kinds you can purchase. You’re far more likely to pay more for steel or stone frying pans. In addition, cast iron tends to last much longer than any other cooking material, so it’s likely you’ll only have to purchase a pan once if you’re willing to maintain it. You could save yourself a lot of money by investing in cast iron.
It’s near to impossible to destroy a cast iron pan. I know what you’re thinking – ‘my family will give it a good go’. However, you may be pleasantly surprised. You can drop it, misuse it and leave it rotting in the kitchen for days and you’ll still be able to restore it to its former glory.