Cast Iron Reasons to Go Back to Basics


Silicone’s useful in all sorts of way (here’s an example) – as long as it’s not overheated. That means non-stick pans and silicone kitchen implements are a worry.

So let’s get back to basics. Natural clay vessels look and cook great, as Bonnie has noted. But let’s not throw the metal out with the non-stick – because recycled iron makes the hottest kind of cookware, in every sense. Chip or scrape a totally iron pan, and you expose…more iron. So how long it lasts depends on how thick it is. What did folks of yore do before non-stick? They seasoned their cast iron cookware – and I bet most of it’s still in use today.

I’ve spotted a few outlets of recycled cast iron kitchenware. There’s the Japanese artisan range from Biome Lifestyle, 75% recycled from and apparently tried & tested in Japanese restaurants – or there’s the Lodge kitchenware distributed by EcoWise – or the UK’s Chasseur range made from over 80% recycled French iron.

These are precision instruments built to last, so they’re worth the few extra dollars. Look after them – and they’ll look after you.

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Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.