[Homeroast] OT: Cast Iron Cookware (from "Roasting smoke and birds")

Ken Schillinger ken at whidbey.com
Wed Dec 23 13:24:40 CST 2009

"Anybody else on the list in love with ancient cast-iron?"

I have used, and still have a few cast iron pieces of cookware that are used 
regularly. The one piece I will not part with is a plain skillet measuring 
9" across the bottom. This skillet came from one of my grandparents (which 
one I have no idea). It's sole purpose in life for the last thirty five or 
forty years has been to bake cornbread in the oven which I do on a nearly 
weekly basis. I started out seasoning the pan with bacon grease/lard, then 
as the years rolled around I switched to a liquid shortening, and now I give 
it a light shot of Pam cooking spray, put it in a cold oven set to 400 
degrees, then I light the oven. By the time the oven (and pan) is up to 
temp, I have the batter ready to pour into the pan and bake. There is no 
cornbread quite like that which is baked in a properly seasoned cast iron 
skillet. It comes out easily with a nice crisp bottom and is perfectly moist 
in the center. The pan requires nothing more than a quick wipe with a paper 

Going back for a third cuppa Chiapas brewed in a FP. 

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