Navajo Fry Bread | Native American Fry Bread

Today, we are going to share with you a new favorite of ours when it comes to flat breads and that is Navajo Fry Bread, otherwise known as Native American Fry Bread. We hope you enjoy making this recipe and even more so eating this recipe as much as we did.

Ingredients:

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 – 1 1/2 cups warm water

1 1/4 tsp salt

2 1/8 tsp baking powder

Optional: 1/2 tsp dry milk (milk powder)

Optional: a pinch of ground sage

Optional: a pinch of ground thyme

Optional: a pinch of ground rosemary

3 cups shortening (frying grease)

Tools Needed:

1 medium cast iron skillet or shallow dutch oven

A pair of metal tongs (or a wooden chopstick)

A large carving fork or a regular fork

Directions:

Step 1

Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) including ground spices if you are using them.

Step 2:

Add in about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup of warm water and gently knead your dough – you want a slightly tacky dough, not sticky. Be careful not to overwork or knead your dough too much or the end result will be a tougher bread….

Step 3:

Let your dough rest and get to rising for 30 minutes.

Step 4:

Next, divide dough and roll into round balls about 2 inches wide or about the size of regular sized lemon.

Step 5:

Place prepared dough balls onto a floured surface – flour parchment or wax paper, baking or cookie sheet, or a floured cooking board will do just fine. And in the mean time heat up your shortening on low.

Step 6:

Increase the heat of your vegetable shortening or oil to medium low to medium high, once you are almost done with rolling the dough into round balls.

Step 7:

Flatten balls or dough one at a time and stretch out the dough balls in circular motion. Then flip stretch dough from your left hand to your right hand to help stretch dough even thinner. It should stretch at least to a six inch diameter. Alternatively, you can roll out the dough with a french rolling pin or any rolling pin.

Step 8:

Place flat bread into heated oil to fry. It will bubble quite a bit in the center so use your fork to poke holes in the center and throughout the frying dough or to save some time, do this before hand (this works if you prefer to roll out your dough, then it would be easy to prick your dough with a fork). 

Pop any enlarging bubbles in the frying dough and fry until golden.

Step 9:

Turn bread after a minute or less or until golden on both sides and continue frying until other side is nice and golden.

Step 10:

Remove bread and drain as much oil from it as you possibly can and set it aside. Repeat steps 1-9 and finally top with ingredients of your liking. here are some toppings worth considering: chili flavored beans, seasoned ground beef, Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Colby Jack Cheese (any cheese of your liking will do); layered with shredded lettuce (Buttercrunch Lettuce, Romaine or Iceberg Lettuces are great) and some freshly diced tomatoes (optional: diced chilies), plus a dollop of sour cream or sour yogurt. When it comes to toppings, the possibilities are endless – think tacos! Pita bread….😉😋 This bread is best enjoyed the same day it is made as it can get tough and chewy the next day, so be forewarned (not that you will have any leftovers or anything😉…absolutely delicious!)

We hope you enjoy making this Navajo Fry Bread Recipe and if you decided to give our recipe a try, please let us know in the comments section below and share, share, share!!! We love you for taking the time to check out our site and be sure to check out our other recipes.

For Your Enjoyment Always!! Buen Provecho!!

Sesame Brittle Candy Snack Recipe

Today we are sharing with you all our version of this Sesame Brittle Candy Snack recipe adopted from the site referenced below.

We really enjoy this snack and wanted to adopt to it to fit our desired taste. So, feel free to take a look at our variation of this recipe & give it a try, but be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section, we would love to know whether you like it as much as we do.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1/8 cup honey
1 cup Sesame seeds (slightly toasted or untoasted or half of each)
2-3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp of water
2 tsp butter
Pinch of salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (high quality)
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
1/4 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Combine cup of sugar with honey, brown sugar, a tablespoon of water, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cardamom, along with a pinch of salt.
  2. Mix well until well combined and mixture begins to look syrup like. Then add in vanilla extract and butter. Mix well.
  3. Add in toasted Sesame seeds (see below for instructions) or raw Sesame seeds if you prefer (you can also go half and half – toasted and untoasted for a blend of flavors). Mix well until all seeds are coated and well incorporated into the caramelized sugar mixture. Mixture will turn a slightly darker amber color once done.
  4. Remove mixture from heat source and spread out mixture into a ¼ inch thick layer onto a parchment lined cast iron skillet or griddle.
  5. Let cool for 20 minutes. Then with a wooden spatula or a butter knife, make rows in the slightly warm mix. Let cool all the way and break into pieces along the row indentations.

Directions for toasting Sesame Seeds:
Toast the sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet by putting in a 350⁰F preheated oven for 5 minutes.

After, 5 minutes, stir sesame seeds to prevent burning of the seeds at the bottom and let seeds toast another 5 minutes then add to your mixture.

Our recipe was adopted from this recipe.

A Hearty Breakfast Egg Omelette Recipe

Looking for a hearty breakfast egg omelette recipe, then look no further, because we have come up with one of the best egg omelette recipe for you to try using your favorite cast iron pan.

It is great for indoor cooking because you can easily pop it in the oven. Or, if you would like a more flavorful omelette with some smoky flavor added to it, you can simply cook it outdoors over some charcoal lit fire or wood fire.

Alternatively, you can add a splash or two of liquid smoke to give the effect of cooking outdoors, but nothing more than 1/8 of a teaspoon to keep it from over powering the flavors of the other ingredients.

Ingredients

10 duck eggs or large chicken eggs

1/2 Green Bell Pepper

1/2 Red Bell Pepper

1/4 cup finely diced Spring Onions

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp seasoning salt

A pinch of pink salt

2 large garlic cloves (3 small cloves will work as well)

5 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled into pieces)

1/2 cup ham (diced)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

1/4 cup grilled chicken (chopped)

2 Tbsps water (optional)

5 to 8 Fresh Basil leaves (optional)

A pinch of White Pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 305 degrees Fahrenheit with your cast iron pan in it. Leave pan in the oven to preheat for 10 minutes. Slice your bell peppers and onions. Meanwhile, combine all your ingredients.

2. Add seasonings and any other spices or seasonings you may desire.

3. Pour mixture into your favorite deep cast iron pan.

4. Bake at 305 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. If cooking over an open fire, then make sure to pay close attention to your omelette. Typically 8 to 10 minutes on open flames will do.

5. Serve with your favorite pancake or French toast or any meal of your choosing. You can also enjoy this meal as is as it contains meats that can help provide a more filling meal.

Moringa Tea

Now this is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended), but this powerful plant is a good addition to any healthy breakfast. So, make it count when it comes to making your breakfast cup of tea by having some Moringa Tea.

 

Brief History on Moringa

Moringa is a plant known as “never die”or the “drumstick tree” in certain parts of the world. It’s scientific name is Moringa Oleifera and is common to tropical, as well as, subtropical areas in South Asia. However, it can be found in various tropical regions in Africa.

Moringa is a tree that is highly beneficial and rich in nutrients that are vital to the body. Calcium, Phosphorus,  Iron, and Zinc are just a few minerals that give Moringa its high nutritional value.

It helps cleanse and heal the body of various conditions  and diseases. It leaves you feeling energetic and your skin can also benefit from including this plant in your diet.

Moringa has also been said to prevent and kill certain cancers.




Various parts of the Moringa Tree are use extremely useful in treating and prevent a variety of healthy conditions, so not only are the leaves very useful, but the seeds and roots are also extremely useful.

Overall, this plant is highly valuable to your health and is worth adding to one’s regular line up of teas. If not for the taste, but for the health benefits.

So, give this recipe  a try.

Ingredients 

1 – 2 cups filtered water

1 Tbsp Moringa powder (1/2 cup fresh Moringa Leaves)

3 Tbsps Honey

1 tsp lemon balm tea leaves (dried)

A small handful of peppermint leaves (about 8 to 10 leaves)

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add peppermint leaves and lemon balm tea leaves and let steep on low heat for the for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn OFF heat source and add Moringa Powder. Note: If using fresh Moringa leaves, wash and boil with the peppermint and lemon balm leaves and let all steep together for 10 to 15 minutes.  
  4. Let Moringa powder steep with the other herbs for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain out the tea leaves using a fine cloth or fine mesh strainer. You can also transfer this tea to a coffee french press and strain out the leaves and settled Moringa powder. We find that the cheesecloth method works very well, but for simplicity sake and for the sake of saving time, using a french press may be the best way to go, but you should expect some silt like residue from the Moringa powder, but nothing too overbearing.
  6. Once cooled to desired drinking temperature, add in up to 3 Tbsp honey (adjust sweetness to your liking).
  7. Enjoy warm with your favorite breakfast or meal.

If you enjoy this recipe and any of our other recipes, then please take the time to share with your family and friends, as well as, on social media sites.

Let us know what you think about this recipe and if you have tried Moringa powder and or currently use this incredible plant as a part of your meal prep the n let us know, we would like to hear from you.

Takoyaki | Japan

Takoyaki is a Japanese based Street food that when prepared well can bring extreme flavors together that are sure to delight your tastebuds. This Japanese originated snack is more or less an octopus meat filled dumpling soft and crispy and rolled in one.

The soft meat in the center makes for a delicious and flavorful meat filled treat. But you don’t have to make this an octopus centered treat (pun intended). You can certainly use other substitutes in place of octopus meat, especially if you are not a fan of octopus.

So, in this recipe we will be sharing with you all how to make  an alternative to this octopus based snack.




Tools You Will Need

Takoyaki Pan (or an Æbleskiver Pan), we love this cast iron Æbleskiver Pan pictured below

A teaspoon

wooden skewer or knitting needle (if you have neither you can use a fork)

First, your batter ingredients:

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 cups or 1 pint of water

2  medium eggs

1/8 tsp Dashi stock powder (fish stock cube or powder maybe substituted, but will lend a different flavor)

A pinch of onion powder

A pinch of ginger powder

1/2 tsp finely chopped spring onion mixed into batter

2 to 3 Tbsps Oil for frying or cooking Takoyaki




Second, your filling ingredients:

3/4 cup Calamari (squid meat) or shrimp – cooked & chopped (Chicken and for the vegans out there, shiitake mushrooms can be used as well)

1/2 Tbsp pickled ginger (minced)

1/2 shallot

3 Tbsps Tempura Flakes

2 Tbsps Panko

1 spring onion chopped

Prepping the filling:

1. Cook your choice of meat until tender or to desired softness.

2. We like to mix the meat and other ingredients together, so in a small bowl combine filling ingredients and add in your chopped cooked meat (shrimp and or calamari)- cooked accordingly until nice and tender – chop meat in medium to small chunks.

If you want to keep the meat dead on the center, then we suggest mixing your other filling ingredients separate from the meat and spoon them into the center of cooking batter then add a chunk of chopped meat into the center.




Third, the directions:

1. Preheat you Takoyaki pan on medium heat and add a few drop of oil in each well, then scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter into the preheated wells of your Takoyaki pan.

2. Using a teaspoon, spoon your filling mixture into the center of your batter already cooking in the well of your pan. Add your meat chunk into center of mix if you choose to scoop it in separate from the filling mixture.

3. Scoop about 1/2 a tablespoon to a tablespoon worth of batter on top and let mixture cook in wells until the batter around the edges of the wells start to darken and pull away slightly…now it’s time to turn.

Depending on how hot your pan is this will take about 1 min per side in order to cook to doneness or simply cook until medium brown.

You can choose to turn 4 times (left, then right, then top, and the bottom) if you want a perfectly rounded ball or you can simply flip over and cook top side of takoyaki and you will end up with a more flattened looking or compacted ball.

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It is best to use a wooden skewer to pick at the inner edge of the cooking Takoyaki, “hooking” it onto the skewer or a knitting needle and then pulling in desired direction quickly in order to turn. The batter will ooze out into the well creating a somewhat hollowed ball.

4. Keep rotating each Takoyaki ball to keep them from burning and to ensure each side is golden brown. Your total cooking time Will be about 4 minutes, especially, if cooking rounder Takoyaki.

5. Place freshly cooked Takoyaki on cooling rack and let them cool off slightly and serve them will warm! Dip the in your favorite sauce with a sprinkle of bonito flakes and or some seaweed powder.

You can serve these snack treats with your choice of or a mixture of any of these:

  • Takoyaki Sauce
  • Katsuobushi Bonito Flakes (dried, shaved pieces of Bonito Fish)
  • Seaweed powder (Aosa Nori or Seaweed is great for milder seaweed flavor)

Lastly, time to enjoy the fruits of your labor….

For your enjoyment always! TAKOYAKI! ??




Heart Shaped Pancakes | Heart Shaped Cast Iron Skillet

This heart shaped cast iron skillet is sure to please in more ways than one. Not only is it great for pancakes, but it is useful for miniature cakes, eggs, cornbread, omelets and other baked goods. So, we hope you give this heart shaped cast iron skillet for your heart shaped pancakes and we have just the recipe for that – see below for a quick but delicious recipe. Es maravillosa! ?

 

 

 

Cast Iron ToolsYou Will Need:

1 or 2 medium heart shaped cast iron skillet

1 small silicone spatula

1 medium mixing bowl

 

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 1/4 cup Milk

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter

2 Tbsp Sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/4 tsp Lemon Extract

 





Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.
  2. Melt your coconut oil or butter.
  3. Add in your wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Heat your heat shaped cast iron skillet on medium heat.
  5. Once skillet is ready, usually in 2 to 3 minutes, pour in pancake batter until half full.
  6. Let pancake cook for a little under a minute or until bubbles start to form on surface.
  7. Once bubbles start to form through out the surface of your pancake, get your silicone spatula or any spatula that is small enough to fit along the side wall of your skillet and gently flip the pancake over and let cook until golden brown.
  8. Keep your pancakes warmed in a 200°F oven until ready to serve.
  9. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup with a side of fruits for a really delicious breakfast treat – fresh sliced mangoes, blueberries, strawberries, make excellent side options for this meal.

Heart shaped pancakes really add an extra touch of love when it comes to breakfast and will make a great addition to meal planning for special occasions such as upcoming Valentine’s Day.





So, do give this recipe a try and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you, so leave a comment in the comments section below and be sure to share our page with others you think would love to give it a try.

 

Best Apricot Jam

Homemade jellies, jams, and preserves are absolutely delicious. There is no substitute when it comes to anything well made in the comfort of your own home. And what’s even better is when you use home grown fruits to make your jellies, jam, or preserves. So, we are going to be sharing with you all our favorite recipe for homemade Apricot Jam with a hint of Apple for one of the best Apricot Jam you have ever tasted.

 

 

 

A Recipe from Our Family to Yours

 

Here is a simple, but delicious family recipe made in a copper pot, so there is no need for adding pectin, the copper does a wonderful job of thickening jams, jellies, and preserves very nicely on its own.

If you find yourself at a loss for what to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon, then, adding jam making to the list of hobbies or activities you engage in is a sure fire way to make good use of your time and you get the added bonus of enjoying the fruits of your labor (pun intended) throughout your work week.

 


Oh the Ways to Enjoy Homemade Jam!

 

We make use of the jams and jellies we make by enjoying them on English Muffins for breakfast, as well as, the occasional substitute on our dinner rolls and or biscuits for a lovely sweet treat in place of dessert.

 




 

There is no greater reward than having the ability to grow and or make your own food.

Give this wonderful recipe a try and let us know how it works for you. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave us a comment in the comment section below.It is a simple recipe with easy to find ingredients (most of which you may already have in your fridge or pantry), but quite tasty and we know you will love it too.

 

Ingredients:

3 Cups Apricot (finely chopped)
1 Cup Apple (blended – pureed)
3 3/4 cups Raw Cane Sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Optional)

 

Directions: 

1. Place all ingredients into your copper pot.
2. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
3. Once you have a rolling boil, stir the contents constantly to avoid boiling over.
4. After about 10 to 12 minutes turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
5. Mixture will thicken slightly.
6. Once completely cool spoon ingredients into sterilized jars and place sterilized lids on.
7. Once all jars are filled and lids tightened, flip the jars upside down and let them stay that way for five to ten minutes (preferably ten minutes). This should help form a good seal and limit the possibility of spoilage, thereby extending the shelf life of your delicious homemade jam.
8. Enjoy on toast or food of your choice. Product should last for 2 to 3 month and even longer depending on steps taken to preserve your jam.

 

Tip: You can easily convert this recipe to Apricot jelly by straining out fruit pulp or simply using the juices of thefruits required for this recipe as a substitute for the whole fruits.

 




Dango

Dango, originates from Japan. It is simply a dumpling made with rice flour beautifully displayed on a wooden skewer and is similar to Japanese rice cake, mochi. It is often served with green tea and comes in various forms traditionally eaten based on the season. If you love, love, love rice and you love dumplings, what better combination can you have.




Ingredients

1 cup short grain, non-sticky rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
⅓ heaping cup sticky or glutinous rice flour (Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour)
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
½ cup Hot cup water + 1-2 Tbsp if not the right texture (medium firm & gelatinous)

1 tsp Matcha Tea powder + 1 tsp water (for green coloring)
1/2 tsp Beet or cherry juice for coloring
OR 2-3 drops red food coloring




Kitchen Tools You Need

Wooden Skewers
Large pot
Spider strainer or skimmer

 

Directions

1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Add hot water, one-fourth of a cup at a time.
3. Combine ingredients well, until medium firm to firm dough forms.
4. Let mixture sit for five to ten minutes. This step is optional.
5. Divide dough into three equal parts.
6. Roll one of the three parts into ping pong sized balls and boil in preheated pot of water until the gelatinous ball starts to float to the top. Repeat this two more times.
7. Prepare a bowl of water with some ice and using a strainer.
8. Scoop out floating rice balls and place in ice bath.
9. Set aside.
10. Once all rice balls are made serve as dango, or take it a step further and put them on skewers, alternating colors or in whatever sequences you choose, for a kushi dango (a.ka. skewered dango or skewered dumplings)
11. Serve as is or and enjoy.

 




Ebelskive | Æbleskiver Recipe

Ebelskiver are delicious treats that can be enjoyed for breakfast lunch and dinner. They are subtle in sweetness, but can be packed with flavor, literally.  You can filled them with various fruits, jams, jellies, cheese, meats (pre-cooked of course…sausage, ham, etc.), chocolate, creams, etc.

The choice of filling or lack thereof is completely up to you. But there is an endless array of options when it comes to fillings and that’s what makes Ebelskiver really fun and worthwhile.

An added bonus of making Ebelskiver is the availability of cast iron Ebelskive pans. And you can use them to make another delicious food,  like Takoyaki.

A Quick History on Æbleskiver

In case you are unfamiliar with Ebelskiver or Æbleskiver you can thank the Danish for this delicious treat.

The term Æbleskive is used if referring to just one of these wonderful treats. But if referring to more than one, i.e. its plural form, it is Æbleskiver.





This is a pancake like snack or treat that originated in Denmark. It is typically eaten as a snack, but can be a yummy treat for breakfast  or serve as a lovely dessert after dinner.

Cast iron Æbleskiver pans make it that much easier to get the perfect Ebelskive and with added health benefits  (trace amounts of iron which is helpful especially for those who struggle with anemia).

Æbleskiver Recipe

A Treat for Every Occasion

1 3/4  cup organic all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
A pinch or 2 of ground cinnamon  (optional)

2 eggs

1 3/4 cup buttermilk

1 Tbsp Cream  (optional)

4Tbsps butter (melted)

3 Tbsps butter (melted in wells for cooking Æbleskiver).

I like adding a little cream every now and then especially if I would like a more milky taste, but omit it if you like.

Mix your dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, whip your egg whites into a soft peak.

In a different bowl, mix your buttermilk, milk, and cream (optional)

Mix the 2 egg yolks with the melted butter until well combined.

Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour in your yolk and butter mix and combined with your dry ingredients. Then fold in the whipped egg whites.

Pour melted butter in wells of preheated Æbleskiver pan and put scoops of batter into them. Make sure to rotate them top to bottom and left to right if you desire a round pancake. Otherwise, top to bottom would do just fine they will just look a little flatter.





Note: Use a wooden knitting needle or a wooden skewer to make rotating easier. But a fork can also work well. You can also, cut some of your favorite cheese and drop it in the center of the batter before completing the rotation. Pimento cheese is a great addition and so is mozzarella and or parmesan with a light sprinkle of herbs.

Keep rotating them for 2- 3 minutes or until light to golden brown, then remove.

This pan is great for a change of pace when it comes to breakfast. Switch things up and make your morning breakfast pancakes into something more exciting and the topic of conversation at the breakfast table.

Lodge makes a fantastic aebleskiver pan that will help you make Danish pancake balls (aebleskiver) for your morning breakfast.

Get this pan well seasoned and you will find yourself reaching for it often when it comes to making aebleskiver and other snacks that require a round shape. Tip:To make this pan super easy to use, then putting plenty of butter or oil in the wells will also do the trick.




Enjoy. Be sure to share this recipe  with others and let us know what you think if you do decide to give it a try.

How to Care For Cast Iron Cookware | Do These Simply Steps

Whether you have invested two hundred plus dollars on your cast iron cookware or a little over ten dollars, the fact still remains that cast iron requires a certain amount of care. So keep reading and do these simple steps when it comes to caring for your cast iron cookware, if you like it to last for generations to come.

 

 

If you do these simple steps when it comes to caring for your cast iron, you will find that using cast iron is not as bad as you may have thought. Of course, this only appplies to those who are new to cast iron or are considering purchasing some form of cast iron cookware.

 

  •  Wipe away any excess grease or oils from your cast iron cookware with either a towel designated just for your cast iron cookwares or a paper towel (most preferably, a linen towel or a microfiber  towel). You can stop here if you are feeling too lazy to continue or simply do not have the time to finish the clean up process. That is provided you don’t have any stuck on foods that may prove even more difficult to remove at a later time.




  •  Next, use a sponge (free of any soap) with some warm water to gently cleanse your  cast iron cookware.
  •  Once you have rinsed your cast ron cookware with warm water, clean or wipe down your cast-iron cookware with a wet or damp sponge. And make sure to dry your cast iron really well with a clean cloth or towel. This is one of the most important steps in caring for your cast iron cookware as it will prevent oxidation from the water being left on the surface of your iron cookware.
  • You can choose to gently heat up your cast iron cookware to ensure it is completely dry and to help open up the “pores” of the iron to further ensure the oil seeps into the “pores”, thereby, reinforcing your seasoning layer, or…
  •  Once completely towel dried, you can apply a thin layer of an oil of your choosing. I find the best oil to use is flaxseed oil….  However, you may choose an oil that will not go rancid after a few days of being exposed to the air, especially if you choose to skip heating up your cast iron vessel. Otherwise, you will find that your cast iron cookware has a slightly off putting smell and somewhat tacky feeling.  You can stop here if you like or you can take the following detailed steps for heating and oiling your cast iron.
  • Dry your cast iron cookware and place it on your stovetop on low to medium low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes (10 minutes if using low heat and 5 minutes if using medium low heat). This is to open up the pores of the metal (heat expands metal) so it can easily receive the coating of oil you will be applying. Once evenly heated, carefully  apply a nickel sized amount of oil, up to a quarter sized amount for a large pot…and use a clean towel to buff it in so to speak.  This will give your cast iron pots and pans in nice protective layer of oil keeping any oxidation that can happen at bay. This also gives you the added perk of that shiny, glossy, black patina that is coveted when it comes to well cared for cast iron cookwares.   Repeat this step every time you use your cast iron cookware for a well-seasoned heirloom piece.

 

Don’ts for Cast Iron

  1. Air drying
  2. Soaking
  3. Scrubbing your seasoned pan with soap and water (a drop or two of soap diluted in water, can help cut through grime on you cast iron cookware, but it is up to you whether you choose to use any amount of soap on your seasoned cookware: TIP: baking soda works just as well*)
  4. No to any use of soap on bare unseasoned cast iron (think rust galore! Plus you don’t want foods you cook being flavored with dish soap…).
  5. Avoid using metal utensils on freshly seasoned cookware to avoid damaging your seasoning – wooden utensils are best, silicone utensils are a close second.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or have any tips on how you care for your cast iron cookware be sure to include them in the comments section  below. We would love to hear from  you.

Please feel free to check out our other posts and be sure to continue visiting our site for more reviews and resources when it comes to cast iron cookware and accessories.

 




 

*TIP: Using baking saoda to absorb the fats and oils from your cast iron pots and or pans will make even the most stubborn greasy deposits quickly removeable. For best results, just be sure to add a good tablespoon or two (depending on size of cast iron vessel) directly to your pot before you add any water and simply use a dry sponge or cloth to move the baking soda around the pot until most of the fats and or oils are absorbed. Then dispose of it accordingly and proceed to rinse with warm water until all resiude of the baking soda is gone. Then, proceed to oil accordingly.