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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simple Survival Gear - Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware has been in use for thousands of years and was once considered as valuable as gold. It is the “old timer’s” equivalent of modern “non-stick” cookware. Having a set of cast iron cookware can be an excellent addition to your preparedness items.

Advantages of Cast Iron Cookware

1.) Cast iron cookware is extremely durable and actually improves with age.

2.) Cast iron cookware helps add the essential nutrient, iron, to your diet.

3.) Cast iron cookware is an excellent heat conductor.

4.) Cast iron cookware heats evenly and quickly and will retain its heat for a very long period of time.

5.) Cast iron cookware can be placed directly on a fire or glowing coals. This makes it ideal for camping or outdoor activities.

6.) Cast iron cookware is relatively inexpensive when compared to stainless steel or other types of cookware.

7.) Cast iron cookware can last a lifetime with minimal or no damage and is often passed down from one generation to the next.

8.) Cast iron cookware can be used for a variety of purposes, such as browning, frying, stewing and even for baking.

9.) Cast iron cookware actually becomes essentially a “non-stick” surface when properly seasoned. This makes it very easy and simple to clean.

10.) Cast iron cookware is now made of iron alloys that give it additional strength that was not found in prior years.

Disadvantages of Cast Iron Cookware

1.) Weight is one of its main disadvantages. Cast iron cookware is quite heavy.

2.) Cast iron cookware requires maintenance to maintain the seasoning and to prevent rusting.

3.) Cast iron cookware will react to the acids in foods. This is normally not much of a problem if the cookware is properly seasoned.

4.) Cast iron cookware should not be used to store food. Food with any acid content at all that is stored in cast iron cookware will absorb the seasoned layer and may even acquire a metallic taste.

5.) Cast iron cookware must be stored properly to prevent rust. This is usually done by keeping the lids off. In unusually high humidity, moisture can build up and cause rust to form on your cookware. This will require cleaning and re-seasoning.

For the excellent value that cast iron provides, along with its durability, cast iron cookware is well worth the time and effort it takes to maintain it properly. You will be able to cook and prepare great meals with it.

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