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Old 04-11-2009, 02:08 PM   #11
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Cast iron (real cast iron without enamel coatings) is only my favorite for some things. It is the last thing I would reach for in other instances.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:40 PM   #12
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I only have one cast iron skillet and I love it! Wish I could find more.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:11 PM   #13
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I like cast iron for pan grilling, but I prefer stainless or nonstick for other things. As Andy said, they're tools, and just as you wouldn't use a screwdriver to do everything in the garage, you can't just pick one tool for the kitchen.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:40 PM   #14
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For high heat, cast iron is superior to stainless. E.G. pricey AllClad recommends using low to medium heat with their stainless ware. However I'm more comfortable deglazing with wine in stainless cookware.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #15
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I like cast iron for pan grilling, but I prefer stainless or nonstick for other things. As Andy said, they're tools, and just as you wouldn't use a screwdriver to do everything in the garage, you can't just pick one tool for the kitchen.
Yep, agree totally. My dutch ovens are CI, saute pans are SS, stock pots are AA, saucepans are copper or AA and baking dishes are pyrex. And I do have one trusty non-coated CI frying pan for blackening stuff on the grill. But if I could only have one thing, it would be a Caphalon dutch oven.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #16
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Yup. love my cast iron. It's my "go to" pan for fried chicken or fried fish and my CI dutch oven is my favorite for chili or braising recipes.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:24 PM   #17
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Love cast iron, too. I can't imagine being without it in my kitchen. One of my skillets is easily over 100-years-old and, as you might guess, is seasoned to perfection. I also have many other types of cookware and, like others have said, certain pans are more suitable for some tasks.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:26 PM   #18
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The cast iron skillet that belonged to my DH's mother is used almost every time I cook a meal. It has high sides - about 3" - so I can also use it as a dutch oven. I cooked spaghetti sauce in it yesterday for a couple of hours and it washed up like a non-stick skillet. I can sear, saute, bake, stew....it's great for just about everything. But I do use a nonstick skillet for cooking eggs.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:31 PM   #19
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Love cast iron, it's a necessity in our kitchen when it comes to fried foods. CI lasts forever too as Katie E mentioned. Anything needing to be cooked High Hot n Fast is perfect for CI.
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