Thursday, March 8, 2012
A couple years ago, in an attempt to be more like Laura Ingalls, I impulsively bought a cast iron skillet at the wallsmart while shopping one day.
I knew the basics of cast iron - don't stick it in the dishwasher.
That was about it.
So it basically started out with points against it.
I made a few acceptable things out of it. For example, I like to cook rolls in it in the oven. They turned out fat and fluffy. Kinda like me.
I had a hard time keeping the seasoning. Probably because I was hell bent on using dish soap to clean it - to hell with 200 years of pioneers ahead of me. I wanted that beoytch clean!
Finally, the ultimate slap in the cast iron skillet's face (actually it was my face), was when the skillet was left sitting on my light colored granite counter top for an entire weekend.
Right next to the sink.
Where it was wet.
I still bemoan the rust color in my counter top. It took me months and months to get it to the level where only *I* can see it. (If you're wondering, Oxiclean is the answer. You'll have to spread it on, put plastic over it and leave it for a few DAYS).
Just for the record, the person that left it there has a penis.
He's still apologizing for it.
So because of how pissed I was, I went back to my good old Paula Deen teflon pans and relegated the cast iron slag hag to the cabinet with the roaster. I vowed to only take it out when I had enough people over that I had to run 4 burners at one time.
Which is never.
*insert a year here*
The one day, I was reading online about teflon, and how it's really not that good for you. Especially when the bottom of your pan looks all "fluffy".
Oh hey Paula Deen. You kinda let me down there.
I don't fault her really. Like EVERY damn teflon pan eventually does that no matter how careful you are.
So sadly and begrudgingly, I threw away my super favorite saute pan that I used for pretty much everything, and dug back out old Bessie the beoytch that stains your counters when you're not watching.
It was like she peed a ring of rust around my stove to lay claim to her territory. Or maybe she just wet herself when she got close to the sink and saw the dish soap. Kinda like my cat does.
Regardless, I vowed to live a ever so slightly better life by letting some iron leech into my food on a regular basis. This means Bessie and I will have to come to an understanding.
I understand that:
1. I have to fry bacon once in a while so that seasoning stays nice and shiny.
2. Dish soap is bad. *shiver* I use hot water and a scrubby pad and that seems to be working.
3. Towel dry only. This means immediately. Not on Monday after a weekend of partying on T-bones for dinner and bacon for breakfast. Like... now.
I vow I will never:
1. Put her in the dishwasher.
2. Leave her unwashed for a few days.
3. SET HER ON THE COUNTERTOP.
Here's the deal though. I feel like I'm having to put more oil into my food which I DO NOT NEED. So, my question to you is this - give me your best tips on cooking in cast iron.
Which really isn't a question, really more of a commandment.
Unless I put a question mark on the end....
Give me your best tips on cooking in cast iron?
Makes me sound less bossy but kind of spineless.
Which is exactly how a cast iron skillet on my counter has made my husband feel.