Cast iron cookware has been known for its durable build and ability to retain heat since the Han Dynasty was in power. Now, more than 100 years later, cast iron cookware is still valuable, especially for the campsite chef.
In fact, cast iron cooking was practically made for fireside meals.
Cast iron cookware, although a little heavier, is worth packing along for your next camping trip. With a host of benefits, you'll never want to a cook a fireside meal in anything else. Those benefits include:
- Healthy cooking: Cast iron cooking requires less oil because of the sheen that comes from seasoning and using the pan, making it almost completely non-stick. And, with no chemicals to make it non-stick, there's less concern about harmful toxins leaching into your food.
- Durable build: You may have a specific set of camping cookware because pots and pans often burn when put over a fire. Cast iron, however, is naturally durable; this type of cookware can withstand flames and be placed directly on a bed of coals.
- Easy to clean: Food lifts easily from cast iron pans, making the process of cleaning less tedious at the campsite.
- Budget-friendly: A large cast iron skillet can be purchased for around $30, making it an inexpensive option for cookware that can be used at home, as well.
How to Care for your Cast Iron
When you first buy a cast iron pan, you have to season it. This is the process that makes it virtually nonstick. Before packing your pan up for a fireside meal:
- Coat it with cooking oil
- Place it in an oven that's heated to 350 degrees and let it sit for one hour
- Wipe it dry with a paper towel