“Believe me, you could get by without me. You could keep on keeping on with your light-weight, dinged-up thing with all that Teflon coating flaking off in scales. But you would be a fool to dismiss my superior heat distribution and non-toxic non-stickiness for that. Come on, I dare you. Go on, fry me!”
• Get the 12-inch skillet, 2-inches deep. You won’t regret it.
• Most cast-iron sold nowadays is pre-seasoned, but you will probably find that you will need to reseason it from time to time.
• If you can find some great, greasy, vintage cast-iron at a garage sale, buy it!
• Yes, there are lids. Tempered glass, oven-safe ones. Hooray! Buy them here.
• Ever exfoliate with a sugar scrub in the shower? Notice how nicely moisturizer gets absorbed by your skin afterwards? Your pan likes scrubs too. Seared on crud got your cast-iron surface sticky? Heat your pan over high heat for a minute or two. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt on your pan with about a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Using an old rag, scrub. Wipe out the salt from your pan. Buff it with a clean corner of your rag. Let cool.