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If you have any cast iron cookware in your kitchen or by your grill, chances are it was forged in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Lodge Cast Iron knows what quality cookware looks like. In fact, the company sets the standard for cast iron pots, pans, and cookware. Cast iron is all they do at the South Pittsburg, Tennessee foundry, and they've been doing it the same way since the company started 119 years ago. As the process begins, a specific mixture of steel and pig iron are mixed and melted together at 2,800 degrees. The molten mixture is then poured into molds of various pots and pans and shapes and sizes. Once cooled, the hardened cast iron goes through several stages of cleaning. From a shotgun blast of steel, to a soapy water bath, every step of the way to becoming the iconic look of cast iron is closely watched. "From the minute the cast iron metal is poured, until packing, is only 90 minutes. So it's a pretty quick process but it's great cookware," Mark Kelly of Lodge Cast Iron explained. It may only be 90 minutes, but there is a lot more happening. Once the cookware is thoroughly cleaned, it then air dries suspended on a conveyor belt that brings the cast iron into what is called "seasoning". Seasoning is the process where vegetable oil is sprayed onto the cookware and then cooked at a very high temperature to bake it into the cast iron. It's at this point in the process that the cast iron gets its iconic black look. But what makes Lodge Cast Iron so good at what they do. Part of it comes from setting high standards and having excellent quality control procedures. From start to finish, every piece of cast iron is closely monitored to ensure only the best quality. And they back that up with science. "What we do is we get a sample every half hour from the melting deck, and we monitor it with a spectrometer to look for 19 trace elements to make sure the metal chemistry is proper. Another step in that is to look at the cast iron, microscopically, to make sure it's dense enough, or tight enough. Cast iron is all about heat retention and heat consistency. If you don't have that you don't have the good cooking properties you're looking for for searing steaks, frying chicken, or that beautiful cornbread everybody likes for Sunday dinner," Kelly said. "If you think of Tennessee, we're known for a lot of things. football, Jack Daniels, Elvis Presley. And Lodge Cast Iron is right in that mix. The reason. Source: www.local8now.com
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A few tips A well-seasoned cast iron skillet isn’t as non-stick as Teflon, so make sure your skillet is well-seasoned and make sure to pre-heat it well so you don’t have any sticking problems. Don’t let food harden in the skillet. Let it sit on the stove until after supper or breakfast, then wipe out any food, wash it with hot water, a little detergent (yes, you can use soap. ), rinse it clean and wipe it dry. After cleaning set the skillet on the stove, turn the burner on for a short time to dry out the inside, then add a half teaspoon of vegetable or canola oil or shortening. Use a paper towel to rub it around the skillet. Continue heating the pan until it starts to smoke. Remove from heat and let it cool. To maintain the seasoning. Use your pan regularly to fry, sear or bake. It may be the most versatile pan around, yet it's hundreds of years old and comes in one color: the cast-iron piece de resistance. For generations of cooks, the pan has been passed along from kitchen to kitchen as an heirloom. You’ll find plenty of recipes online celebrating the art of cast-iron cookery, and in the cookbook “Lodge Cast Iron Nation. ” Lodge is the only company that still makes cast-iron cookware in the U. S. in South Pittsburg, Tenn. , since 1896. Whether the cookware is used to fry chicken, bake cornbread, roast Brussels sprouts or sear steak, the pans add a special sizzle to cooking. You can use it on the stove, in the oven, on the grill or campfire, and at the table, where the dish can be presented direct from the heat. And let’s face it. It’s the only way to make pineapple upside down cake and get that wonderful carmelization. You can make all sorts of things in cast-iron, and it comes in all sizes. Five-inch mini skillets are perfect for baking and serving large chocolate chip cookies for a special dessert. Top with toasted, sugared almonds, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a swirl of salted caramel topping. Or line a big skillet with parchment paper and use it to bake a pie. Cast-iron is affordable and can be used every day. Lodge cast-iron comes already seasoned, with instructions on how to maintain it. This is tough stuff – it doesn’t need to be babied. 15-Minute Parmesan Frittata for Two • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. • 1 small red potato, sliced ¼-inch thick. • ½ teaspoon kosher salt. • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Source: wcfcourier.com
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Cast iron cookware is made by literally the way it sounds. Iron is heated and then cast into the shape of cookware. Cast iron cookware will last for at least 100 years. Even if not treated right, the rust can be scoured off and the pan re-seasoned. In
SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. () -- If you have any cast iron cookware in your kitchen or by your grill, chances are it was forged in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Lodge Cast Iron knows what quality cookware looks like. In fact, the company sets the
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For generations of cooks, the pan has been passed along from kitchen to kitchen as an heirloom. You'll find plenty of recipes online celebrating the art of cast-iron cookery, and in the cookbook “Lodge Cast Iron Nation.” Lodge is the only company that
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