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Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

Cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for hundreds of years.

In the early 19th century, meals were cooked in cast iron pots suspended over the fire in the fireplace.  In the 1960s cast iron became less popular as teflon-coated non-stick cookware was introduced.

I have to admit I have both types, but am leaning toward going to cast iron cooking full time.  I just got my Paula Deen cookware for my birthday, so it may be a gradual thing.

There are benefits in cooking with cast iron.   For one, it is very durable and can last a lifetime.  It can even be passed down to the next generation.   Cast iron retains heat and evenly redistributes the heat.  It’s even oven safe.  I have my favorite 10″ skillet for baking buttermilk cornbread and the cornbread just slides out of the well-seasoned skillet.

Cooking in cast iron actually adds iron to your food while avoiding the chemicals that non-stick cookware adds.  If it’s well seasoned, your food won’t stick.  The more you cook with it, the better it gets!  I even use it on my ceramic top stove.  I just try to be extra careful.

Cast iron is relatively inexpensive.  Most sets run around $100 and single skillets can run under $15.  This is for something that lasts for a lifetime!

Also, it doesn’t scratch so there’s no need to use the rubber coated cooking utensils, unless you just want to.  Sad to say, my large non-stick skillet is not looking too good, just after several months use.

It does get hot, so be sure and use a pot holder or handle mitt.

To clean and season cast iron, some people do not use soap.  If my pan was real messy, I have used soapy water and immediately dried and oiled the pan to prevent rust.  I have also cleaned with salt sprinkled in the pan and a scrubbie.  This works for pans that don’t have a lot of leftover residue.

Sometimes when camping I’ve used scrunched up  tin foil and some hot water.  So there’s several cleaning methods.  Just be sure to rub with a light coat of oil before storing.  I love my Dutch Oven for baking biscuits when we’re camping.  I’ve also fixed up a Beef Stew over the fire.

Lodge is my favorite cast iron brand.  There’s lots more cleaning and seasoning information found here on their site.

So enjoy cooking in your cast iron and think about all the healthy benefits that comes with it.  Pass some down to your children and grandchildren.  Tell them the history behind it.  Maybe generation after generation will benefit from your lovingly cared for cast iron.

Be sure and share any stories that you have of cast iron that’s been in your family, or how many pieces of cast iron you have.  I’d love to hear them!

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Sour Cream Biscuits

September

is

National Biscuit Month

and I do love me a fluffy biscuit still warm from the oven!  Total comfort food on a crisp fall morning.

I’m on a quest to find the perfect biscuit.  One that stays fluffy and tender even after they cool off.  The biscuits that I’ve made recently are fantastic out of the oven, but after they cool down and sit a while, they get kind of grainy.  I’m thinking it might have something to do with the fat or flour used.

Recently I tried a new recipe using sour cream and was impressed with the tenderness of dough.  Topped with some apple butter,  that warm biscuit was just right along with my scrambled eggs.

Sour Cream Biscuits
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2 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons water
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In a large mixing bowl, add flour and sour cream.   Mix to a soft dough.  Add additional water if necessary.
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With well floured hands, shape dough into round biscuit shapes.  Place in greased baking pan or cast iron skillet with sides touching.  Brush biscuit tops with oil.  Bake at 450º  for 10-12 minutes.  Brush with butter before serving.
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*For this batch of biscuits, I preheated a Lodge 10″ cast iron skillet,  along with about 3 tablespoons of oil.  I wanted to see if the bottoms of my biscuits would be crispy…and they were!  🙂
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COOK’S NOTE:  If you don’t have self-rising flour, use 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 teaspoons baking powder.
Also check out my Southern Buttermilk Biscuit recipe.
And here’s a great low carb biscuit recipe for all my low carb fans.
 
 
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