Episode 11 of the Fine Cooking Podcast is all about cast-iron cooking. Our editors discuss everything you need to know, like where to buy a cast-iron pan, how to properly care for it, and even how to season it. Listen up for some of our editors’ favorite cast-iron recipes!
What We’re Cooking Now
Diana has been working hard in the Test Kitchen making DIY worcestershire sauce.
This is Chris’s favorite time of year because Champagne mangos are in season. He loves that they’re not fibrous, and they’re sweet and juicy. He likes to eat them out of hand, though he also dices them and adds them to muffins and scones. They’re also terrific in this Coconut Rice Pudding and in a Mango Lassi.
With her kids on spring break, Sarah embarked on a baking project, using these dinosaur cookie cutters and the chocolate variation of Abby Dodge’s Vanilla Cutout Cookies. It was her first time working with these embossing-style cookie cutters and she was delighted to learn it made it really easy for the kids to decorate the cookies with royal icing.
Kathy made a quick fish chowder, with a base of bacon that she cooked until crisp. Then she sautéed carrots, shallots, and potatoes in the bacon fat, added some herbs and some paprika and pepper, then deglazed with white wine and clam juice to cover by an inch. Added a splash of cream and some chunks of cod, and simmered it a few minutes until the cod was cooked. Here are some more quick chowders we love:
How to Season and Care for Cast Iron
Here are some basic cast-iron 101 tips.
Another handy tool is a plastic pan scraper to effectively remove any gunk that builds up on the surface.
Favorite Cast Iron Recipes
Our latest issue has a special focus on cast-iron, with some fabulous recipes:
Dutch Babies (both sweet and savory)
Plus these older favorites:
Skillet Cobblers (these are best in enamel-lined cast iron)
Diana even uses her cast-iron skillet for this riff on Shakshouka. Cooking acidic ingredients in cast iron can erode the finish a bit, but if the cooking time is brief, it won’t damage the pan.