1.) The crusts! Only a cast iron skillet can get your breads, muffins, biscuits etc, a perfectly browned, flavorful crust. You know how much you like Pizza Hut deep dish? (Don't deny it). Well, the peeps at Pizza Hut use seasoned cast iron skillets when baking up their famous buttery crust. You can also get your potatoes beautifully crispy and delicious...hash browns anyone?
2.) Clean up! You are NEVER to put soap on your cast iron skillet. The soap will seep into the pores of the iron and not only ruin the pan but also make your food actually taste like soap. I know it may sound gross but part of why you get such wonderful flavors from cooking with cast iron is the fact that you don't really "wash" them. You just rinse them out with super hot water, wipe clean and then wipe again with a bit of vegetable oil. Easy peasy.
Where to buy them? Pretty much any store that sells kitchen stuff or check out this great vendor that's been around since 1896...http://www.lodgemfg.com
What to cook in them? I love this link (and stay tuned for more recipe posts!)...http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/about-food/skillet-recipes-0310#slide-1
How to clean them? For additional tips...http://www.lodgemfg.com/useandcare/seasoned-cast-iron
My yummy jalapeño & cheddar cornbread!
Chef Jerie's Famous (Canned) Potatoes...recipe to come!