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16 Reasons Why You Need a Cast-Iron Skillet (Part II)

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Yesterday we talked about the rise of the cast-iron skillet as the kitchen tool du jour in countless Internet cooking chatrooms, and introduced the first eight reasons why you need to jump on the bandwagon.

Today, we bring you the final eight reasons why cast-iron skillets are must-have kitchen magic:

9. It looks cool.

An iron skillet speaks volumes, and with a forked tongue to boot. It conveys kitchen mastery as much as it does a back-to-basics attitude. It’s sophisticated and simple all at once. It’s the ultimate tool, wielded equally well by novices and chefs alike.

10. You can’t break it.

It will break you before you break it.

11. You can bang on things with it.

Need to crumble some crackers for a crust, or flatten a chicken breast? Well, look no further. Yeah, you could use a kitchen mallet, but when it comes to kitchen tools those really are one-hit wonders.

12. You can leave it in your will.

Or leave it out, and watch from the afterlife as your heirs squabble over the source of so much delicious joy during your years in the kitchen.

13. You can use it as a weapon, if necessary.

While not an endorsement for violence, famed chef and author Anthony Bourdain has this to say about weaponized pans: “If you have any doubts about which will dent – the victim's head or your pan – then throw that pan right in the trash.” – Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential

14. You can store it anywhere.

Not only can you put it anywhere, it will look like it belongs wherever you put it. You can lean it up against the wall next to the door and it will somehow look right. It’s impossible to explain, but nevertheless true.

15. You can put it in the oven.

Nay, you should put it in the oven. It does some of its finest work in the oven.

16. You can use it as a trivet.

Trivets are like socks; the one you want always turns up missing. But, your trusty iron skillet is hanging right there! Set it on the table upside down and now you’ve got a handy spot for that flaming-hot pot.

So, go out and get yourself a cast-iron skillet. It’ll make cooking in the kitchen so much easier, even if the only thing you make with it is the occasional scrambled egg.

The TRAMONTINA "Series 1000" cast-iron skillet comes in two different sizes and enamel finishes. 

Bayou Classic's square cast-iron skillet is perfect for those times when a circle just won't do. 

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