Years ago, (decades, to be honest), I was seduced away from my big, heavy, well seasoned, cast iron frying pans in favour of lighter, non-stick, new fangled, easy to clean frying pans.
Weeks ago, while cleaning out boxes, I came across my two old cast iron fry pan friends. Well, what else do you do when you meet up with old friends? Wine was poured, and we caught up.
I scrubbed them both with steel wool, dutifully re-seasoned them and then we got to cooking.
At first, these pans seemed to be heavy high maintenance relics. Now, after a few weeks of cooking with the cast iron, I look at the teflon pans and they seem flimsy and not up to the task.
Oh! That cast iron holds the heat so well. It’s almost like those pans add a secret ingredient. Everything seems to taste better having been cooked in them.
So I am wondering why did I ever give them up?
I know very well why. I was seduced away from a tried and true classic to something new and flashy.
This experience makes me wonder, what else have I given up in favour of something new and supposedly better? Land lines versus cell phone comes to mind…
Brewster is still cooking in this week’s episode of Contentment is for Cows.
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