Cast Iron

Cast-iron cooking requires some expertise, from learning to season your pan to finding the best recipes. Chowhounds discuss it all here, plus favorite brands and places to buy cast-iron cookware.

How to Clean Cast Iron Without Ruining the Seasoning

Caring for cast iron means cleaning it, but it's not as simple as popping your pan in the dishwasher. So how do you safely clean cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, or fryers? People rave about the benefits...

Sur La Table Private Label

by kaleokahu 2 days ago

This just in: https://www.retaildive.com/news/sur-la-table-launches-private-label-cookware-collection/617143/ 5-ply, clad, ECI and ceramic nonstick! Really pushing the envelope. Bonus for ID'...

Why I still use Non Stick pans and feel OK about it....I know this is a sensitive topic

by CHSeifert 4 months ago

I perfectly understand the desire to put less strain on the environment by using pans, that will last a lifetime instead of non stick pans, that you WILL have to throw out at some stage. I also...

New Santoku Knife

by olunia 2 months ago

Hello Everyone, Looking at purchasing a new Santoku kitchen knife and really like the Wüsthof knives and most of the knives that I own are from the Classic line. I'm ready to upgrade and am l...

Fall and Winter Sales, Specials

by drrayeye 4 months ago

Here ae some opportunities to get us started: All Clad VIP seconds sale is going on right now. Looks interesting--but no spexcial bargains I noticed. Zwilling/Hencles has a Fall sale for Staub, ...

What are your thoughts on the new cast iron braisers?

Sid Post
by Sid Post 1 month ago

I have tried various stainless Dutch Ovens (All-Clad was one I had high expectations for) and I really like my Le Creuset and Staub dutch ovens. The Stainless Dutch Ovens and Roasting pans I have ...

Hazan’s Ragu (Bolognese)—What cookware?

by Iluvcooking 3 years ago

She recommends using earthenware, ECI, or heavy bottomed pots. I don’t own any stove-safe earthenware. I could have used my ECI, but I just got my new m250 24cm sauté pan, so it is an excuse to...

Is Browning At Bottom of Enameled Cast Iron Permanent Damage?

by westes 19 days ago

When an enameled cast iron pot is overheated, and when the interior uses a white or light-colored enamel color, a brown stain forms. Is this permanent damage, due to the burning of the paint pigm...

Why does this inexpensive IKEA Stainless Pan not develop fond?

by mkqq 27 days ago

Hello all, I have this inexpensive (30 EUR) 28cm stainless steel Saute Pan (or Rondeau) from IKEA. It is fairly light weight with a disc bottom. https://www.ikea.com/nl/nl/p/ikea-365-hapjespa...

Would would your cookware set look without CH?

by mobiledynamics 1 month ago

I might still be very content with my AC and CI set had I not stumbled upon this board. Is that what is called the WS duo-fecta . The starter set that is the 1st upgrade when you get into cookware ...

Would you pay $1000 for 1 piece of cookware?

by ceasar2k6 29 days ago

Assuming that it does everything you want/need and made out of perfect material to your exact requirements. I am not talking about a bespoke piece, but more a specific product in a size or color or...

What Are Reasons Enameled Cast Iron Cracks or Chips in Heat?

by westes 1 month ago

Most enameled cast iron pots come with warnings to not heat in the oven above 400F to 450F. Above that temperature, the paint will crack or chip. What is the basis for this limitation? One po...

Is Le Creuset Sauteuse Oven Being Discontinued?

by westes 30 days ago

I noticed that the Le Creuset Sauteuse Oven is being "discounted" online to about half the original price. Is the product being discontinued? Is the $180 price I am seeing for this considered a...

Looking for Knob Cover for Stainless Knob on Cast Iron Pot

by westes 1 month ago

A common design for enameled cast iron pots is to use a stainless steel knob. This supports a higher oven temperature than using a thermally resistant plastic knob. But it also means the knob g...

Why is enamel cast iron marketed as "non-stick"?

by mkqq 1 month ago

I don't understand why some manufacturers/websites say that enamelled cast iron is "non-stick", because to my understanding it is clearly not non-stick? I never have trouble with sticking with m...

10mm+ thick copper

by ceasar2k6 2 months ago

This is for sale on eBay. Looks delicious. seems to be 10mm or something... Hand made. Seller says it was bought at Neiman Marcus years ago.. I am not associated with the seller, just a fellow d...

Do professional chefs actually use Non-stick pans?

by mkqq 2 months ago

Just wondering if professional chefs actually use non-stick pans (Telfon, Ceramic) etc....? On Youtube I see chefs like Jamie Oliver using Tefal Pans, Gordon Ramsay using other non-stick pans, a...

Williams Sonoma Oven Mitts

by cookingofjoy 2 months ago

My favorite oven mitts and potholders are from Williams Sonoma from maybe twelve years ago. The reviews for the current oven mitts and potholders are not so favorable (shrinking, thinner, falling a...

Cast iron over copper - can CI make heat uneven?

by ar1338 2 months ago

Let's say you place a copper plate over a theoretically perfectly even heat source of the exact same size and which only heats from underneath, and you measure the evenness of the heat on the other...

Cast aluminum cookware

by ar1338 2 months ago

I am wondering the properties of cast aluminum cookware. Particularly, you seem to see these pieces as an alternative to cast iron dutch ovens, though they also come in other shapes. Often, they ...

Brandani Cast Iron Pan

by Libranflight 4 years ago

Found at TJ Maxx, wondering if anyone has any input on use, performance and care. Thanks!