Maybe you remember your grandmother using a cast iron skillet or have friends who swear by theirs and use it for everything - from eggs and pancakes to steak and potatoes. However, you are hesitant to buy a cast-iron skillet because you aren't quite sure how to use it. It's true, uncoated cast iron does require some special care, but it may be easier than you think. And, cast iron has some great advantages over other types of materials, such as stainless steel and hard-anodized aluminum as we found when researching our updated skillets report.
For starters, cast iron is inexpensive and is often described as indestructible. Properly "seasoned" cast iron is appealing for its nonstick qualities without the chemicals found in Teflon and other applied coatings. (Some consumers are concerned about the health effects of these coatings, especially as they tend to flake off over time.) It's not uncommon for cast iron skillets to be handed down for generations because the nonstick patina, or shiny black surface, only improves over time. Read more