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Sometimes technology doesn’t offer the best results. Take cast iron skillets, for instance. Made from pig iron, recycled cast iron and recycled scrap steel, one company in Tennessee has maintained the same basic recipe for creating great cast iron skillets since 1896. Lodge Manufacturing knows the secret of longevity and perfect seasoning coatings that make cast iron skillets a tradition.

Cast iron skillets are the only type of cookware that improves over time. That is why these hand-me-down skillets are so treasured in today’s world. The more use that it receives, the better it becomes in maintaining a non-stick quality, even cooking and helping food to keep its awesome flavors.  The  non-stick coatings on newer skillets can release chemicals into the foods as they cook, affecting the flavor and sending unwanted toxins into your body.

Natural organic oils and fats are key to maintaining the quality of a cast iron skillet. While we have been taught that only soap and water can eliminate germs and bacteria, the opposite is true with cast iron. Never use soap on the cooking surface. Instead, run the skillet under hot water and scrub away all food particles with a nylon brush. Place on a stove burner and set at low heat to dry completely. If there are dull spots remaining, coat with a little oil and rub with a clean cloth. Your skillet will be naturally cleaned and ready for the next use.

If you have never used a cast iron skillet for cooking, try it out. While it requires a little more care than a non-stick pan, the longevity and great-tasting food will be well worth the trouble. The best cast iron skillets can be found at garage sales, in grandma’s kitchen, or through a reputable manufacturer, like Lodge Manufacturing, that appreciates the natural value of cast iron skillets.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton
Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent. Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible. After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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