Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]
"I like walking with granpa his steps are short like mine." (dedicated to my dad who passed 4/1/10)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
My cast Iron skillets....
When pulling out two of my skillets to make biscuits and sausage gravy this morning I glanced into my cabinet and looking at all my cast iron skillets I thought again of our wedding. These were all given to me by my Mom and my hubby's Grandma Ernie there is also the hand grinder, box grater etc that they also gave us but the skillets have taken a licking over the years. The iron skillets are all I have ever used, Grandma Ernie gave me a set with lids (some were her mom's) and my mom gave me a #8 with lid, and a dutch oven all were given when hubby and I were married. They still look like they did when gifted to us 25 years ago, there is not many things that can be said for.
#8s are my favorite! Both #8s are used on a daily basis
Then only thing I have ever done to them (this is what Mom and Grandma Ernie told me to do) is daily when using soak in warm water, give a good scrub then rinse, pat dry and rub on a light coat of oil. Then every 6 months (January and June) re-season by putting them in the oven for about an hour at 375 degrees then turn off the oven and let them cool down before removing them. The only thing I have changed vs Grandma Ernie and my Mom is they would re-season in their wood cook stoves, so they were both guessing about the temp in an electric oven. This method has worked fine in my electric oven and if all goes well, I should even 20 years from now be able to give my grand kids and great grand kids the cast iron skillets in the same shape they were given to me in. It seems to me that items made a long time ago were meant to last that family a lifetime and to be passed on to the next generation. I wonder when that changed and who came to realization there was not enough profit in making cooking items indestructible....
When used to make Biscuits and Gravy for Breakfast they are the best! :)