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Why not buy the new lightweight Cast Iron cookware with steel/wood handles?

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Why not buy the new lightweight Cast Iron cookware with steel/wood handles?

sweetlion | Nov 30, 2010 01:58 PM

I want to switch from my nonstick and aluminum cookware to cast iron for prime reason of avoiding toxicity.

I would rather buy the lightweight cast iron because I think I will have a difficult time with the heavy weight. Would I be at a disadvantage? Also, I don't think I would like the traditional cast iron's hot handles because even with nonstick I manage to occasionally burn myself and I don't like that.

I understand that people use cast iron because of the way it heats evenly and retains heat and such advantages would be lost with a lightweight cast iron. But again, I am only buying cast iron to prevent toxicity caused by nonstick cookware and since I have never used pure cast iron cookware, I probably will not notice these disadvantages.

So if anyone has researched any other negatives about lightweight cast iron, please let me know. I plan to use it for indian cooking - curries, bread/rotis, egg breakfasts, french toast, soups, etc I hope to make a gradual switch to cast iron, hopefully lightweight.

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