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Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics

Posted By: Noelle

Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/14/11 05:48 PM

Hello,

We are in the process of deciding what cook wear to bring with us to Caye Caulker. I know from experience that everything rusts quickly there. Is it madness to bring our cast iron? It's so all purpose and sturdy that it usually makes a good choice if you are limiting quantity but I'm afraid it will totally rust the first day. Anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks!

Noelle
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/14/11 05:59 PM

I've been using cast iron cookware for years...no problems
Posted By: Noelle

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/14/11 06:10 PM

Thanks SP Daily! I'm glad to hear that.
Posted By: SFJeff

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/14/11 11:08 PM

it'll rust (on the surface) but that's not a reason not to bring it. just keep it seasoned/oiled and clean it when it rusts/oil it again.
Posted By: wade the gringo

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/15/11 04:26 AM

oil is the key.....at home we use cast iron wok and pan..All of the Wade the Gringo Burgers are cooked in my cast iron..
Posted By: Bear

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/15/11 07:37 AM

besides a little rust helps keep the red cell count high...
Posted By: Noelle

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/15/11 02:56 PM

I think that cooing on cast iron (regardless of rust) adds iron to your food.
Posted By: wade the gringo

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/15/11 03:20 PM

3 health reasons to cook with cast-iron

Cooking with cast iron fortifies your food with iron.
While cast iron doesnít leach chemicals, it can leach some iron into your food...and thatís a good thing. Iron deficiency is fairly common worldwide, especially among women. In fact, 10% of American women are iron-deficient. Cooking food, especially something acidic like tomato sauce in a cast-iron skillet can increase iron content, by as much as 20 times.
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/3-health-reasons-to-cook-with-cast-iron-2574645
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/15/11 07:56 PM

Once cast iron is seasosned it does not rust so quickly. I foolishly gave all of mine away when I moved here - for me the weight was a consideration. I'm very sorry now and am paying the high price to add pieces for my outdoor cooking.

Right now they are all sitting on the fogon full of rain water.
Posted By: Noelle

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/16/11 05:00 AM

I use cast iron all the time and it's the only stuff I feel is valuable enough for me to haul down. My mom called it "the original no-stick cookware". If I can only bring a few kitchen things they will be cast iron. Thanks for all the affirmation, people. I'm so happy to hear that the Cayes and cast iron play well together!
Posted By: Bear

Re: Cast Iron Cook Wear in the Tropics - 10/16/11 07:22 PM

Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
Once I foolishly gave all of mine away when I moved here - for me the weight was a consideration...I'm very sorry now...


Oh no H...the time invested in getting that beautiful black crust built up, that near non-stick surface...I'm feelin' it for you...
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