The Real Secret to Non-Stick Cast Iron

Think 2 words: hot and thin

Cast iron pans and stainless steel pans hanging from a ceiling rack
Photo by Ernest Roy

Both my grandmothers lived into their early nineties and cooked with cast iron into their eighties. My mother still uses her pans in her eighties. My father did until he couldn’t get around the kitchen anymore.

I inherited three cast iron pans from my grandparents — a flat #7 from sometime in the 1800s that’s good for heating…

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