Posted by Doyle Bailey for Cast Iron Cookware Shop
It is not often that we get something that is “just right”.
Like Goldilocks, we search constantly and this can even apply to the cookware we use.
Cast iron cookware has some amazing advantages . In my experience, this time-honored cookware is:
- not too hot for it has even heat distribution and can even conserve energy.
- not too cold for it has excellent heat retention. You can even take it to your table and serve from your cast iron casserole or skillet, particularly the attractive enameled cookware.
- not too expensive compared to other cookware and it lasts for generations.
- not difficult to maintain. When properly seasoned, it is the best non-stick cookware on the market.
You may have been cooking with cast iron cookware for years. If so, you likely agree about its good qualities.
If you have never used cookware like your grandmother and mother likely used, maybe you are ready to give it a try. I predict that you, like Goldilocks, will discover that it is just right for you.
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Posted by Doyle Bailey, Natchitoches, Louisiana for
Some helpful research tells us that there are a number of foods that can help protect us from the risk of cancer. (See Dave Grotto, RD, LDN, author of 101 Foods that Could Save Your Life). Here are 9.
- Beans. Use a cast iron dutch oven for the best and most delicious results. Canned beans are usually loaded with sodium. Use dried, frozen or visit your local farmer’s market. They are loaded with fiber, which helps to protect against colon and stomach cancer.
- Broccoli. Use a a cast iron skillet, or casserole. It is high in a phytochchemical called sulforaphane, which can help fight carcinogens, and is rich in the antioxidant indole-3-carbinol, which has proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- Carrots. This veggie is high in antioxidants that have been associated with lowering the risk of bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx and esophageal cancer, as well as postmenopausal breast cancer. It is better if you will cook them in your cast iron pot or skillet and not raw. It seems that being cooked may allow for better absorption.
- Coffee. You may have a cast iron coffee pot for camping but your coffee maker at home will do just fine. Some studies suggest that one cup a day of coffee may help protect you from liver cancer.
- Red or Purple Grapes. They are totally full of resveratrol, also an antioxidant that has show a capacity to inhibit the growth of cancer cells (specifically breast, stomach, colon and leukemia).
- Yogurt. For a really tasty dish, dessert or snack, add your red grapes to plain non-fat yogurt and top with flax seed meal or Grape Nuts cereal. The yogurt will provide you with a rich source of probiotics, the “good bacteria” in your intestines that help to keep the “bad” bacteria in check, especially H pylori, which has been linked to esophageal and stomach cancer.
- Lemons. They contain a chemival group called limonoids, which have been shown to help protect against breast, lung, skin and colon cancer.
- Mushrooms. Certain mushrooms such as shitake, are loaded with betaglucans which stimulate the body’s production of cancer-fighting natural killer cells. Use your cast iron fry pan or casserole to saute the mushrooms.
- Cranberries. They are high in an antioxidant that has been found to fight leukemia, breast, lung, and colon cancer cells.
Eat more plant based foods, no meat or less meat and discover how healthy and delicious your meals will be when prepared in these cast iron cookware products.