I will be the last one to tell you that I wished meal preparation took more time. I can’t even cut a tomato without my son pulling on my leg asking to be picked up, so that he can ask to be put back down, so that I can pick him back up again.
One thing I’ve learned is that quick and easy doesn’t always equate to healthy, and while I will admit that I take shortcuts frequently in the kitchen, I do strive to create health conscious meals for my family.
When we were looking into purchasing new cookware, we posted a ton asking people what they recommend we get. Every time I saw the words ‘cast iron’, I quickly ignored them and moved on. I knew cast iron all too well.
*It’s difficult to clean.
*It’s so. so. Heavy.
*Temperature control is a joke.
*Did I mention how heavy it is?
Why would I want to introduce those elements that into my already time conscious kitchen?
Here’s why. Cast iron is awesome and a safe, healthy option. It’s worth the downfalls.
1.) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CRAZY CHEMICALS.
There are many cute looking cookware sets out there that are tempting to purchase, but you need to understand that many brands out there are made up of cheaper, dangerous materials that can leach chemicals into your food. Some of these chemicals can be linked to developmental disorders, cancers, organ damage, and general medical short and long term issues.
2.) CAST IRON ADDS IRON TO YOUR FOOD.
Pretty exciting for iron deficient peeps out there – cooking with cast iron helps to add iron to your meals. Iron helps alleviate issues with fatigue, boosts hemoglobin levels, and assists with overall immune functionality.
3.) IT LASTS FOREVER.
If you’re like me, your parents probably had one, two, or a couple trusty cast iron pans in their cupboard. Whether they used them or not is the question, but these things are built to LAST. I don’t really know anyone who’s ever complained about their cast iron skillet breaking on them, meaning that this is an investment worth making. You don’t have to continuously replace your cookware over the years when it starts to look a bit yucky and embarrassing to use in front of guests.
4.) YOU CAN USE IT IN MANY PLACES.
Use your cast iron in the stove, oven, or even on the grill. My family uses our cast iron on the grill pretty frequently as a substitute for tin foil, and it works great. Make sure you use oven mitts or something to protect your hands from getting burnt when handling your hot cookware.
5.) A NON-STICK SURFACE.
Once you have seasoned your cast iron properly, you will be able to cook on a natural non-stick surface. Cooking on non-stick surfaces may seem like a no-brainer, but typically non-cast iron cookware companies can only accomplish this by using potentially dangerous chemicals or materials defeating the overall purpose of trying to create healthy meals for your family.
Have I convinced you yet?!