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12 Types of Cast-Iron Cookware You Should Know About
You can find all the things we love about cast iron—its durability, naturally nonstick coating, and easy cleanup, just to name a few—in lots of handy styles beyond a skillet. Here are our gotta-have items.
This pan with triangular cutouts is perfect for crispy cornbread (this recipe is our favorite!), quick breads, biscuits, scones, and even little frittatas. For best results, fill each wedge no more than three-quarters of the way.
Keep this guy hot all day with family favorites from pancakes to burgers. Its long rectangular shape makes the griddle ideal for cooking oblong items that won’t fit in round alternatives. Try out these tasty pancake recipes first!
Ah, yes, the trusty cast-iron skillet. It’s one of the most common and versatile cast-iron items. From breads to cakes to Southern fried chicken, this pan has you covered. Make sure you know the best thing you can do for your cast-iron skillet.
Intended to imitate your outdoor barbecue, a cast-iron grill pan is complete with grill ribs that leave those unmistakable sear marks and collect drippings. Prep anything you’d typically make outside with this bad boy—like one of our top 10 burgers.
Fluted cake pan
This fluted cake pan is a classic kitchen piece meant for classic desserts. Serve beautifully molded sweets such as cakes, monkey breads, and other bakes, from breakfast ’til dessert. Find the best-ever Bundt pan recipes.
Almost all Dutch ovens, heavy cooking pots with a tight domed lid, are cast iron. Put your pot to work braising meats, simmering stews, and deep-frying treats. It’s safe in the oven or on the stovetop. Get inspiration from these foods you should always cook on cast iron.
Traditionally used for Chinese cooking, this bowl-shaped frying pan is actually multipurpose. Make stir-fry, sure, but also sauté veggies, cook paella, steam fish, and scramble eggs—though you’ll want to avoid these things you should never cook in a cast-iron pan.
A cast-iron loaf pan is prime for quick breads, yeast breads, and meat loaves. But don’t stop there! You can make desserts like cakes, cookies, and even ice cream in this nifty pan. Look at these creative loaf pan ideas.
Despite being called a baking pan, this 14-inch round is especially perfect for homemade pizzas. Start with this Perfect Pizza Crust and pile it high with pepperoni and cheese. Or, if you’d prefer, pop it on the grill or stovetop for grilled meat or fried eggs. Just watch out for these 13 mistakes you’ve been making with your cast-iron pan.
Cast-iron pots are a rarer product, usually sold in smaller sizes from 1 to 2.5quarts. Boil eggs, simmer soups (like Taste of Home‘s highest-rated recipe of all time!) and reduce sauces to your heart’s desire.
You can use this novelty for a few things aside from roasting crispy corn on the cob. Try baking cake or quick breads in the corn impressions for a themed treat. Just set on the classic pan? These are the 12 most reliable cast-iron skillets you can buy.
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