Home-style cooking can be symbolized by no other cookware quite the way itis by cast iron. This durable and timeless cookware has been handed down fromgeneration to generation. Cast iron cooking, a time-honored tradition, is againgrowing in popularity as our culture embraces basic traditions from the past.The selection of cookware has grown considerably with this popularity, cast ironcookware ranges from skillets and Dutch ovens to woks and hibachi grills. Cast-iron is considered the original non-stick cookware and a superb heat conductor.It’s perfect for cooking with less fat or oils and readily adapts to a wide range ofethnic cuisine.This cookbook illustrates the versatility of cast iron in today’s kitchens, providesa brief history of cast iron, and provides information on the proper care and useof cast iron cookware. The recipes complied in this cookbook are easy to makeusing ingredients readily available in the grocery store. The great mix of traditionaland contemporary recipes encourages home cooks and discerning chefs alike toexpand their cast iron cooking and even try some West Virginia Grown products.While there is a plethora of fried chicken and cornbread recipes out there, along
with those traditional favorites, you will nd variety in this book.
When compared to other cookware, cast iron has its drawbacks. It can rust,pit, stick to food and have reactivity. These problems can be eliminated withproper seasoning, sometimes known as curing. Seasoning means coating theentire pan, inside and out with oil, shortening, or lard and baking it to seal the fat
into the pan. This process allows the coating to ll cavities and pitted surfaces
permeating pores and developing a non-stick surface to prevent water from creatingrust and acidic food from creating reactivity. This protective layer of seasoningbreaks down over time and the process must be repeated. Some cast iron pans
are coated with enamel. This is an attempt to improve the deciencies of cast
iron while maintaining exceptional heat conduction.Seasoning and caring for your cast-iron cookware may seem like a time-consuming task. However, cast iron cookware will last a lifetime with the propercare. The time it takes to care for this cookware is well worth it when you consider
the value of the cast iron, the irreplaceable avor it gives food and its durable
quality. To ensure success when cooking with cast iron, follow the tried and truetips on cooking, proper seasoning, and care of cast iron in this cookbook.