By Alexa Erickson
Acquiring a cast iron skillet is a rite of passage for all home chefs. The benefits are plentiful. Seasoned pans are naturally nonstick, allowing you to cook with less oil. Cooking with a cast iron pan also eliminates the worry of chemicals from materials like Teflon, a synthetic coating often found on nonstick pans. Cast iron pans have a long lifespan (some have been passed down for generations), can be used in the oven as well as on the stove, and they even add iron to your food!
Cast iron cookware requires a different approach than other pots and pans in your kitchen. This how-to guide has you covered from cleaning to seasoning and general upkeep.