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It's a wonderful thing to step into a friend's kitchen and see a cast iron skillet on the stove. You know right then that you are going to have something good to eat, that you are in the home of a true cook. A cast iron skillet has an heirloom quality about it. Every pan has its own stories to tell, memories of sharing good food with friends and loved ones. No other pan has this kind of history. Passed from generation to generation, old cast iron skillets remind our senses of smells and flavors that make us want to heat them up and hear them sizzle with good food again
The cast iron skillet is one of the most important pans in your kitchen. It is the key to good cooking. We'll admit up front that a cast iron skillet is heavy and a bit more difficult to clean and maintain than a skillet coated with Teflon or other nonstick material. So why use it? For browning, searing, roasting, and caramelizing, we have greater success with cast iron than with any other kind of pan. Certain recipes require an iron skillet; others just taste better when cooked in one. Cast iron's unique characteristic of producing dry, even heat makes it ideal for baking as well. Baked goods come out moist on the inside with a crisp, golden crust on the outside. Vegetables roast and caramelize perfectly. Meats sear and brown just as they should and don't seize up or stew, because cast iron doesn't cause additional moisture to form.
For four generations the cast iron skillet has played an important role in our family. Sunday mornings always meant peeking into the over to watch the Dutch baby rise, the sautéed apples and powdered sugar waiting on the table. We've included many of our favorite recipes that have been in our family for years. Our well-seasoned cast iron skillets connect our family history with love, one generation to the next.