The Basics: Cast Iron Skillet Care

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The Technique

Cast Iron Skillet Care

Classic cornbread has always been a comforting staple. In the South, we christen each new year with it– black eyed peas & collard greens just wouldn’t be the same. We serve it along side chili & chicken soup in the winter months for a more filling, satisfying meal. As the year progresses, it’s baked & crumbled then steps in as the foundation for some of our most cherished holiday casseroles. And in between the first & last portion of the year, we improvise & get creative. Since most southern cooks have the basic ingredients always on the ready, you can almost bet that dumplings, summer cobblers, fruit filled coffee cakes & even game day fan fare borrow a few notions that stem from our love of cornbread & you need to know that truly authentic Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Cornbread is always prepared in a well seasoned cast iron skillet.

When I worked as a pastry chef, I never witnessed the executive chef & owner of the well respected southern establishment so angry as when he eyed the mammoth cast iron skillet with soapy water in it soaking beside the beastly dish machine. Let’s just say patience with Darryl had been eighty-sixed for the evening. Heavy metal moguls deserve appropriate attention in order to keep them performing at their peak & there’s no denying the benefits of cooking in cast iron skillets. When seasoned properly & cared for after using, the surface becomes non-stick naturally– no faux coatings & finishes here. Reach for these best in show pieces to cook many of your favorite foods plus a well-seasoned skillet will make the final dish taste just a bit better. Cornbread aside, macaroni & cheese, berry studded coffee cakes, peach cobblers, pecan pie & beautifully seared steaks & chicken are excellent ways to use the prized pieces. Southern fried specialties such as green tomatoes & okra just wouldn’t be the same without preparing them in a cast iron skillet. Follow my gentle reminders to keep your beauties in top shape & have a wedge of cornbread while you’re at it.

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makes 8 servings

Authentic southern cornbread doesn’t have sugar in it & starts with an heirloom cast iron skillet, generally passed down from generation to generation. Since this may not always be possible, start your own family tradition. Cast iron skillets make wonderful gifts & be sure to accompany with my easy recipe & look to Baking Classics: Buttermilk Cornbread for more details on how to prepare the recipe.

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup ap flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp table salt
1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Dab a small amount of vegetable oil in the bottom & around the sides of a well-seasoned 8-inch cast iron skillet using a paper towel. Place the butter in the skillet & place in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the butter melts. Whisk together the cornmeal, the flour, the baking soda & the salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk & the eggs just until blended. Remove the skillet from the oven. Whisk the melted butter into the cornmeal mixture. Pour the cornmeal mixture back into the hot cast iron skillet. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until set in the center. Loosen the edges with a small palate knife. Slice into wedges & serve with additional softened butter.

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How To Care For Cast Iron Skillets 

With the proper care, cast iron skillets can be used for generations.
Follow my pointers to keep yours cooking & looking their best.

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No. 1

The Logistics

Rinse the skillet well with warm water & avoid using dish soap & cleaners. Use a scrub brush to help release anything sticky. You can also add a little water to the pan & place on the stove top. Simmer for a few minutes to help with clean up. Pour the water out & wipe away anything that releases. Pat the skillet dry gently with a paper towel.

No. 2

The Seasoning

The process of seasoning a cast iron skillet begins with a light coating of oil. It’s then baked creating a non-stick surface. Over time, a more developed piece of cookware emerges due to the repeated seasoning process. These are the coveted heirloom skillets you hear about– the ones passed down by generations.

Rub or brush a bit of vegetable or canola oil over the entire skillet. Invert the skillet & place in a warm oven for about 10 minutes. If baking in it, simply turn off the oven & pop the skillet in. Allow the skillet to cool & be certain it’s dry before storing.

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