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Guide to Cast Iron Cooking from 98’s apartments in Owasso


Here at 98's apartments in Owasso, our favorite way to cook is with a cast iron skillet. We offer the best-equipped kitchens of any Owasso OK apartments, so why not cook with the world’s best pans? Offering a perfect balance of heat distribution and temperature control, cast iron is the favorite of amateur and professional chefs alike. (Need proof, check out these mouthwatering cast iron recipes by Rachel Ray.) But people often mistakenly think cast iron is too tricky to maintain because it’s easy to damage without the proper care. As the biggest foodie apartments in Owasso, we’re here to help. Caring for cast iron is a breeze with these simple steps we found on the amazing gourmet site, Tasting Table.

For this valuable cast iron info, Tasting Table looked to John Folse, the Louisiana-based chef, restaurateur, and author of Chef John Folse's Cast-Iron Cooking Cookbook ($11). Folse, who refers to cast iron as the "original no-stick cookware," touted its many advantages: including making a handsome serving vessel, and working beautifully whether you're roasting, stewing, baking, or cooking over a campfire.

We love timeless and traditional recipes here at 98’s residences in Owasso. And cast iron is the perfect companion. "It leaves its own legacy," Folse told Tasting Table. He should know… he uses a 125-year-old cast iron pot that belonged to his uncle. You can start a cast iron cooking legacy of your own by following these five simple tips:

Tasting Table’s 5 easy steps to care for cast iron cookware from the kitchen crew at 98’s Owasso OK apartments

  1. 1. Season it with oil - "During this process, the pores in cast iron absorb oil and create a natural nonstick finish," Folse says. When you get a new pot or pan, rinse and dry the whole thing, holding it over a low flame to fully remove any moisture. Then, use a paper towel to coat the surface with two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Don't miss the corners, edges and lid. Place the pot upside down and lid right side up on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake for an hour at 500 degrees; let cool completely with the oven door closed (4 to 6 hours). Remove and wipe with a paper towel—voila, your new pan is ready to go.
  1. 2. Turn the heat down - "Since cast iron heats evenly, you don't need to cook on high heat," Folse says. For best results, cook on a medium or medium-high setting, and never place cast iron on an already hot burner. Let the burner and the cast iron piece heat up together.
  1. 3. Moisture is the enemy - Dampness can mean rust, cast iron's ultimate foe. After washing—always with a mild detergent and never in the dishwasher—dry it over low heat or a small flame. Store in a warm, dry place with tops or lips off so moisture won't collect inside (it never hurts to put a paper towel inside).
  1. 4. Don't use it to store food in the fridge – That’s especially true if it’s acidic like a tomato-based sauce. While it won't affect the flavor or discolor the pot, "the acid will oxidize, and that rich red tomato sauce will have a dull brown color in the morning," Folse says.
  1. 5. Remove the build-up - "If you're lucky enough to find a cast-iron piece at a flea market, you'll need to bring it back to its original luster," Folse says. To clean, wash the pot as normal and place it on an open fire. Cook until the residue burns away, remove (careful not to burn yourself!) and let cool. Use a scouring pad or steel wool to scrub clean. Then, see step 1 to re-season.