Kitchen shops are constantly being filled with evermore advanced cookware. There’s no question that some of these advances have made working in the kitchen easier for the amateur cook. However, if you ask a professional chef which pots and pans they would recommend, it’s likely that they’ll say one thing: cast iron. So, in a world filled with modern, technologically advanced cookware, what makes old-fashioned cast iron the choice of professionals?
Cast Iron Benefits
- All cast iron pans have excellent heat retention, making them extremely energy efficient. Once the pans are heated, a low to medium setting on your hob is all that’s needed to cook food thoroughly. Your pans can then be taken to the table, where they will continue to keep your food warm.
- Cast iron pans don’t have ‘hot spots’. They heat up evenly, which then ensures that your food is cooked evenly. This avoids the problem of food still being raw in places after cooking.
- Cast iron pans are extremely versatile. They can be used with a variety of heat sources, including gas, electric or induction hobs, under the grill or in the oven. Cast iron is also suitable for use with Aga or Rayburn ranges, and can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celsius.
- There’s no need to purchase a huge variety of cookware. A single cast iron pan can be used for a variety of cooking tasks, including baking, frying and roasting.
- Cast iron pots and pans are designed to last for generations. When properly maintained, they will retain their properties for many years.
- Enamelled cast iron cookware, like that available from Denby, also has the following benefits:
- Enamelled cast iron has a non-stick surface. This means that there is no need to season the cooking surface prior to use.
- Enamelled pans have a hygienic surface, meaning they can be used for marinating or storing raw foods in the fridge or freezer.
- Enamelled cast iron is extremely easy to clean and is dishwasher safe.
Caring for Cast Iron
Enamelled cast iron is extremely easy to care for. Prior to the first use, you should wash your cast iron pans in hot soapy water then rinse and dry thoroughly. Because the cookware is constructed entirely from cast iron, it can get extremely hot. Always wait for the cookware items to cool completely before you clean them. After use, your pans can either be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. However, you should avoid using any harsh cleaning agents, abrasive sponges or metallic pads on them. Never use hand held beaters directly in your cast iron pans.
Denby Cast Iron
Denby’s range of cast iron pots, pans and cookware has all the benefits listed above, as well as having the added benefit of looking extremely attractive. The Denby cookware range comes in a variety of colours to complement any Denby pottery or you may have. They also come with a 10 year guarantee; a testament to Denby’s signature high-quality craftsmanship.