Our cast iron cookware set arrived on January 2nd…YAY! (Thank you again to my inlaws for the Christmas gift!)
So, yesterday, January 3rd, I used two of our new pans.
- I used the flat griddle to make eggs for breakfast.
- I used the dutch oven to make roast, potatoes and carrots.
I had two totally different experiences. (More with the cleaning than with the end cooking result.)
Here was my first experience with our cast iron griddle and eggs…first let me say that I was told not to use cooking spray (BIG MISTAKE!)…I would have liked the eggs to have been cooked differently too…they were a little strange (not bad, just different I guess).
Suggested ways to clean. I tried both. Repeatedly. Even put it back on the stove with water in it to heat it back up again.
Cleaning Process: (two words: A NIGHTMARE!) *FINALLY* with hubby’s muscle, we were able to get it clean and seasoned. WHEW! Learned from this experience! (But will have to investigate further options of how to cook eggs on the griddle…)
Still excited about cooking with our cast iron…and knowing that it is still a learning experience and will take time to “get it right.”
Now…unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of our second cast-iron cooking adventure (we had company over and I forgot about the camera!)…roast in the dutch oven. I followed THIS RECIPE (for the most part) and it turned out WONDERFULLY!
Maybe I am weird but I REALLY ENJOYED being able to use the dutch oven on the stove to “sear” (brown) the meat and then take that same pan and put it in the oven to cook all the food…I found that VERY satisfying…is that strange? *grin*
The pot roast, potatoes and carrots cooked beautifully and tasted wonderful! And the smell throughout the house…WOW! Someone needs to put THAT in to a candle!
The pan was dirty but I rinsed it with hot water and used the brush above to scrub it. I did use a little salt too. But overall it came clean quickly. I was VERY EXCITED about that considering our egg adventure. *wink*
Today…cooking a whole chicken in our dutch oven…I still need to find a recipe or cooking instructions so off to do that…
Have a wonderfully blessed day!