I enjoy cooking.
It is a large and important part of how I grew up.
Many of my strongest and fondest memories were sitting around our grandparents’ kitchen table and having a leisurely Sunday. Wonderful food that was cooked, savored and enjoyed.
Cooking is often a way for me to relax and a way of sharing something with others.
When I go car camping, we typically take good food. No reason to take backpacking style food when fresh produce, meat and other items can easily be taken.
And part of that taking of good food is having good cooking gear.
Over the past year, I have re-discovered what many people have known for a long time with cast iron cookware:
- Once heated, there is even distribution of heat as it retains the heat more versus other cookware.
- Easy to take care of in many ways.
- Cooks well.
I’ve had limited use of it in the past on hut trips…but for some reason I never thought of using it for own cooking at home or when camping.
Then this past year, I bought a Dutch oven for some dishes I’ve been making. And two skillets as I liked the cast iron Dutch oven so much.
I not only use it in camp, but also at home. They are so versatile be it for baking, frying or roasting. I know prefer cooking with the cast iron cookware when I can.
And cast iron cookware is not that expensive esp for something that lasts so long.
I’ve been buying the Lodge brand. Pre-seasoned, made in the USA for the past 100 years , and not terribly expensive. A basic five-piece cookset can be purchased for $140. Don’t want to commit that much? The Dutch oven and the 10.25″ skillet will cover a lot of basic cooking in a versatile package for $50. (I’ve been buying piecemeal over the past year; Frankly, I wish I knew of the five piece set before..but that is me). Considering this cookware may be used for both at home or in camp, money may be saved that way, too.
I’ll just say I wish I switched over a long time ago both for at home and in camp.
If Grandma camped, I suspect she would approve.