How To Cook With Cast Iron

How To Cook With Cast Iron

– [Narrator] We use cast
iron skillets all the time in the Tasty Kitchen for a
million different reasons. They’re virtually indestructible,
they last forever, and unlike a lot of things
you’re gonna have in the kitchen, they actually tend to get better with age. People are often a little
bit intimidated by cast iron, thinking it’s, you know,
very hard to deal with or hard to clean. It’s actually really easy, you just have to know
what you’re looking for. So, seasoning is a process
you want to go through even if it’s new or you
have an old cast iron that was passed down to you. Often when you have a new
cast iron and there’s been any water that’s left on, they’re really susceptible to rust. We’re gonna help you figure
out how to prevent that from happening and how to clean that off. So we’re gonna start by
getting some steel wool. Whether it’s knew or has
a bunch or rust on it, we’re just gonna scrub
it down with steel wool with a mild dish soap and
just get it down to its kind of base layer. The way that cast irons are made, it’s all kinda one piece
and you can’t just season the part that you cook with. You want to season the entire thing. While we’re here we’re just
gonna keep scrubbing along all of the sides, on the
back of it, turn it over, get the handle. Once you’re happy that all the
rust and or gunk off there, you can go give it a
rinse under hot water. And either use one of those
non-abrasive scouring pads or the tough side of a sponge. Just do another quick go around, making sure you got every nook and cranny. A good rule to remember whenever
you’re dealing with cast iron is water will make it rust. We always want to get it as
dry as possible before we store or move onto the next step. So because of that, we’re
gonna dry it off with a towel and then you’re gonna
put it onto your stove and turn it on. And let all of that excess
water, any extra moisture, boil off. Once you’re happy your
skillet is bone dry, we’re gonna take it off the
heat and start our seasoning process with a thin layer of oil. The new standard is that
flax seed oil is the best oil for the job. It actually drys the hardest
and creates the best non-stick, longest lasting seasoning. The only downfall is
it is pretty expensive and if you don’t want
to spend that much money or frankly, you just don’t
have it in your pantry, canola oil will work just fine. A little background on your skillet. The surface is actually porous, which just means there’s kind
of small holes or pores even that we kinda want to
fill up to make a nice, smooth cooking surface. So once we have this thin layer
of oil all over the skillet, we’re actually gonna do our
best to wipe it all off. There’s enough oil that has
soaked into those open pores. So take the clean side of your paper towel and rub off as much of the oil as you can. One of the biggest problems
people have is they don’t wipe off enough oil and they
have too thick of a layer, and then it comes out of
the oven very sticky still and not giving them the
result that they want. So you’re gonna put your
cast iron in your oven on the highest temperature it can go, between 450 and 500 degrees. So this process is gonna
take about an hour. The reason we need our oven
so high is that we actually want to take the oil past its
smoking point so that the oil actually starts to breakdown
and bond with the cast iron. So if you’ve ever taken our
your skillet and it’s still kind of brown and sticky, it’s probably because your
oven wasn’t hot enough. So after an hour, you can turn
off your oven and let it cool in there. The result is a hard glassy
layer that we’re looking for that helps make our cast iron non-stick. So, intro to cooking with cast iron. You actually really do
have to pre-heat it. It doesn’t necessarily heat evenly, but it keeps the heat really well. So just take your time, heat
it on a low to medium heat. This may take five to ten minutes. Because cast iron is such
a great conductor of heat, if you actually just
carefully hover your hand over the bottom of the skillet, you can feel when the pan’s ready to go. A lot of people are confused. You know, they did all the seasoning and their food is sticking to the pan. Usually that’s because
they’re putting cold food in a cold cast iron pan. One reason to get a cast iron
skillet really is to sear things like meat. So another things that people
are maybe confused about when they’re cooking with a
cast iron is they tend to wanna just move the food around a lot. And actually what we’re
trying to do here is build up a nice caramelized crust. So when you put any meat
in your hot skillet, just leave it. Let it cook. When you see the kinda brown
crust forming on the outside, that’s when you know it’s ready to flip. So if you’re trying to lift
up your steak and it just will not give, it’s probably
just not ready yet. The meat will self release
when the crust has formed. Why we love using cast
iron skillet for Tasty too is because you can start
something on the stove and finish it in the oven. So you oven here that you
can’t cook acidic foods in a cast iron skillets. However, if you have a good
layer of seasoning on there, that’s totally fine. You don’t want to do a ton of, you know, a big tomato sauce or a
bunch of wine or vinegar, but a little bit’s not really
gonna kill your seasoning. Don’t be afraid to roast
things like tomatoes in your cast iron skillet. The great thing about being
able to cook with something on the stove top and finish it in the oven is you just have a lot more control. You can get a nice layer of
caramelization from a high heat on the stove and then finish
something cooking in the oven on a much gentler, radiant heat. So when you’re cleaning your cast iron, you want to hit a sweet spot. If it’s cooled down too much, the food will adhere and
really stick to the pan. And if it’s too hot and you
put it under cold water, you can risk it cracking. So you want to wash the pan
pretty soon after you use it. The most gentle way to clean
your skillet is with hot water and salt and a non-metal scouring pad or the rough side of your sponge. The salt works as an abrasive
and helps to scrub off any food that’s on there without damaging the seasoning at all. Once you’re happy that your pan is clean, give it another towel dry and
then let it completely dry off either on the stove or in a
warm oven just to make sure there’s no lingering moisture. And that’s gonna protect it
from rusting in the future. So last thing, we’re gonna
put a protective layer of oil on the skillet before we store it. Carefully with a paper towel, rub that all along the inside. Turn up the heat until the oil is smoking, then turn it off and let
it cool on the stove. The reason why we want to
take up to the smoking point is so that the oil doesn’t turn rancid. Cast iron skillets may
seem like a lot of work but just follow these simple
rules of seasoning and cleaning and these pans will last you a lifetime. It’s like loving a good woman. The more you give, the more you get back. (laughing)

100 Replies to “How To Cook With Cast Iron”

  1. imagine seeing this video from an area like africa or peru and thinking how americans waste water for a piece of metal.

  2. I'm with you on most points. I don't use flax oil and when seasoning, I do multiple applications exactly like you did.
    Good tutorial. Loved the last line.

  3. After a long day running around kids 9-6 and getting home by 8 at nignt…I personally understand this may not be ideal for me😪🤷🤦

  4. Hav a 10" flat cast iron cook eggs,patty sausage and potato Patty for a Harvey cheese Mcmuffin.clean I just put a little hot water on flat pan no heat but residual heat..boils for a few seconds and then cleans very easy..I just use butter to cook.

  5. Spend a long time trying to rub off all the oil you put on. Been using cast iron for 25 years. The biggest draw back is a recipe that requires lowering the temp at a certain point. The temp of the pan just doesn't lower fast and will retain all that heat. I love my cast iron but it's not for everything.

  6. I think the video is a bit misleading in that if you wipe your skillet with a damp towel no soap and season with oil after every use you'll be fine. That's the problem with these dam youngins they want food to cook itself. Restaurants love you people. The reason you would do all this is because nothing cooks and or tastes as good as when it's made with a cast iron skillet. If you love food you are committed to your process.

  7. The comparison to loving a good woman was spot on! Thank you for the tips. I prefer my cast iron but wasn’t aware of all the tips you shared. Thank you again.

  8. Wow Extremely informative. Downside it's so much work I probably won't use my cast iron grill as often 🤗😥

  9. Just get a “rock” pan, super non stick, 10 year warrantee, super low maintainable . Cooks steaks so damn well

  10. Hey, just wondering -do you guys use a particular type of steel wool? Is steel wool a must have or just a scouring pad? Or can I just use the rough side of a sponge?

  11. Am I the only one??? who can't stand??? that every sentence sounds??? like it ends with a question??? Am I the only one???

  12. I just bought an iron skillet exactly like that and just cooking with it, alone, is a literal pain on the hands and wrists. The handle gets dangerously hot since there's no insulation, and the thing is too heavy for regular use-if I don't get carpel tunnel early on, I'm sure I'd probably have a broken wrist by 40…I just don't know how people-especially women did it back in the day. Honest criticisms, here. I'm no chef, but definitely would not recommend for the average person, or for regular use.

  13. Hello… thanks for making this very informative video.

    i have a question that is tangent to the topic. can i cook spaghetti in this pan?

  14. I follow the directions that come with the pan, only I seasoned them on weekend mornings about six times.  I only need wipe the pan off with a rag under warm water.  I have never scrubbed nor force dried them.

  15. Cast iron pans aren’t “kinda one piece” they are one piece. They’re called “cast” irons because they’re melted iron poured into a mold in the shape of a pan. So they’re not “kinda” one piece, they are one piece.

  16. „People are often a little bit intimidated by cast iron, thinking it’s very hard to deal with, very hard to clean“ well it is, moron

  17. Well y'all certainly gave some absolutely horrid advice during the video. First and foremost, you used salt when cleaning the pan. No, it doesn't matter how good your seasoning is, the abrasiveness of the salt will indeed scour the seasoning. Secondly you said that you can go ahead and use acidic foods in a cast iron, once again this is a complete lie. The acidity will eat right through the seasoning, not matter how thick it is. And eventually it will eat right through down to the iron. Another dumb point made was that you have to season it after you use it. Once again, absolutely complete rubbish. There is no need to season it before you store it. The only reason y'all recommend that is because during the whole process of cooking (acidic foods) and cleaning (using salt), you have ruined the seasoning and therefore it absolutely needs the extra coat. If you actually know how to cook with a cast iron skillet, you should only ever have to season it once.

  18. i washed my pan and then set it on the stove to dry before seasoning like in the video and it continued smoking, why is this? i cant seem to scrub all the previous oil off.

  19. Cast iron is so damned heavy tho lol. the first time I switched to one I'm so not used to the weight and dropped it onto the counter… food everywhere lmao.

  20. 0:29 1:37 She's talking about preventing rust but her pan is FULL of rust. This is what happens when you scrub to hard with soap after cooking. Assuming it was properly seasoned right the first time. Please don't give up on cast iron because of SOOO much BAD info out there! Please check out my cast iron seasoning playlist. The proof is in the pudding. My cast iron cookware all have a mirror like finish. Remember stop feeding your kids with food cooked from Teflon (polytetrafluoroethene) chemically coated skillets! Teflon is just a plastic coating. Google is your friend!

  21. So what is the advantage of cast iron over something like cast aluminium (which won't have the same rust problems or require so much care and maintenance)?

  22. I know a few ppl that use them and they don't wash it every single day.. they just wipe it and set it aside for the next day. Depends on what they make though… if they make something like tomatoes (too acidic for iron pan) rather than eggs/bacon then they do need to clean.

  23. Add salt as abrasive to clean it? What? I've always heard to keep salt far away from the pan. Just one grain left on the pan will make it rust and then you're back at the first step of sanding down the pan and seasoning again. Why not just use a sponge with a slightly abrasive side or what I always heard was just use hot water, a dry towel then oven dry it for a few. No salt!

  24. The problem that i have when cooking with my cast iron is that whenever i bake with it, like chicken, it always sets off the smoke alarm because its so smoky. I wouldn't care so much by my new roommate/ landlord is pissed because i've set it off every night for the last couple weeks because i dont eat out like her and always cook with my cast iron, what can I do to make my cast iron less smoky?

  25. Interesting video, You may like to learn what is the difference between Iron and cast Iron cook ware, which one is better for our day to day needs, what are the benefit of these cookware and many more. These are oral traditional knowledge documented by Zishta. Watch here:

  26. Cast iron is the absolute best to cook with. Guarantee you pansy a** people complaining and making these derogatory comments go thru "non-stick" pots and pans every few years, while the cat iron owners most likely use their great grandmother's cast iron skillet that's been in the family for decades and will continue being have down to the next generation for many years to come…

  27. Cleaning with salt is easier than cleaning a regular pan. Video makes it seem like a negative! You just dump some salt in to the dirty oil and scrub, then rinse away the salty slush. You can only do this in a cast iron because a regular pan would be ruined by the abrasive

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