There are real benefits to cooking with a cast iron: meats brown evenly, crusts gain a golden hue and flavors are given time to mingle. With a little prep and a handful of recipes — from a warm pot pie and a gooey cookie to a mouthwatering steak and a gratifying pizza — your cast iron will become your go-to tool for every meal. So, take out the skillet that is about to transform your cooking and baking talents. You two are about to become besties.
There is no reason to throw away that old cast iron pan just because it looks a little past its prime. Simply throw it in the oven, start the cleaning cycle and watch as its look is transformed. With the proper care and a little TLC, your cast iron skillet will go the distance.