Watch a Cast Iron Skillet Get Made

Here’s a link to the video (vimeo, 3:33).  It is an advertisement for Finex rather than a documentary, sadly.  The voiceover talks about the history of the cast iron cookware, and the current effort to bring back the quality of the old Griswold.  Still, a reasonable (and quick) watch…

I grew up cooking on cast iron, to the point that I destroyed the family’s new non-stick pan.  For whatever reason, I decided to cut whatever I was cooking in the pan.  I was just a kid…  But I don’t remember the family ever seasoning the cast iron either.

Seasoning the pan is very important, just like sharpening if not honing the knives, putting air in your tires, and so on.  Recently, some suggested seasoning with flax oil but it would seem the temperature (500 F) is more important.  Whatever oil you choose, be aware of the relative smoke point or your smoke detector might remind you…

And while you can use cast iron on induction heating, no one recommends you move the cast iron for fear of scratching the surface.  The Lodge stuff I looked at recently made a such statement on the label.