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Cast-Iron Cooking Primer

Heating properties of cast iron (top) vs. aluminum (bottom). [Photograph: Cooking Issues] Over on the French Culinary Institute's Cooking Issues blog, Dave Arnold has created a great cast iron–cooking primer that explains the science behind the cookware, including this great bit that dispels the notion of even heating: The popular wisdom that cast iron cookware provides even heat is misleading. A cast iron skillet placed on a gas burner will develop distinct hot spots where the flame touches the pan. If you heat the center of a cast iron pan, you will find that the heat travels slowly toward the pan's edge, with a significant temperature gradient between the center and the edge. The pan will heat very unevenly... More

Black Iron Dude, a Blog about Cast Iron Cookware

[Photograph: Black Iron Dude] If you love cast iron cookware or want to start using it, check out Black Iron Dude for recipes that use cast iron cookware, tips on washing and seasoning your cookware (and how not to season), information on antique skillets, and just about anything else related to cast iron cookware. [via Metafilter]... More

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