Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To
Properly season your cast iron pan and it should be just as good if not better.
Le Creuset would likely be a better option. All-Clad stainless steel is fine for me with plenty of fat and lowish heat.
I have two amazingly seasoned cast iron pans, but I actually bought one of the orgreenic pans and I freaking love it. Nothing sticks to it. NOTHING.
It's worth getting at least one, since they are only 20 bucks. I love my cast iron for meats and whatnot, but honestly being able to fry and egg and flip it like it's floating on air is freaking amazing.
I was extremly taken with the new technology offer by the O-greenic and Kashi-blue frying pans. I loathe buying from those late night infomercials. My wife and I had a beautiful set of Pampered Chef pans we bought about 15 years ago that were past wearing out. We had a gift card for Target so off we went. She wanted to use it on a set of Caphalons, but bought a set of pans similar to the O-greenic style. They are black with a gray interior and called Green+Life. They are fantastic, nothing sticks to them. If I pour some olive oil in them to cook with, it doesn't pool up and then spread. It beads up like water on a freshly waxed car.
I wanted to go with a product that had a local representation if I had a problem, even if it is a big box store. Before marriage, I was a big advocate of cast iron, but my wife didn't like hefting them to the stove and back.
Le Creuset and Staub.
These are enamelled cast iron and Made in France without toxins that leach into food. Enamel made in China and Mexico has Lead in it.
Buy from these 2 brands and you won't be disappointed. The hamburgers and steaks I've cooked in my Staub pan had a totally different smell and taste, compared to a Teflon pan you can buy at any supermarket.
And, cooking with these 2 brands will build muscle because they're HEAVY ! You can even take them camping and put over open fires...also safe to bake in oven with.
Why do you need nonstick if you're primal?
Get the good stuff if you can afford it: Le Crueset and All-Clad Stainless. Cuisinart's posts and pans are a good second place. Buying cheap will cost money in the long run.
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MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.
Why wouldn't you want to have non-stick if you're primal?
I have Le Crueset and Orgreenic pans. They both have their place.
I think there is an entire generation who was raised in the fat phobic era and used nothing but Teflon and Pam spray. Ever peek into a real restaraunt kitchen? The stainless ain't shiny, and there is no Teflon anywhere. Clarified butter will not smoke near as bad as coconut oil and you can get an omelette to not stick with very little practice.
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I bought all mine in rainbow order. When I want a soup pan I know it's yellow, for chili it's flame, and for a grilled steak .. Well you get it. Here is the link:
Oh, Oxide. Cuisinart enamel cast iron is domestic made but their stainless is made in China.
As is ogreenic sadly. I do not trust anything from China that comes in contact with me, my food or my dog.
Last edited by Snauzoo; 01-28-2012 at 02:56 PM.
The one thing I always like nonstick for was cooking eggs. Even the best seasoned cast iron skillet is not as good, and cast iron has very poor heat conduction, which is particularly problematic when cooking omelettes or fried eggs. Le Creuset is okay, too, but nothing would give me the same results as a good non-stick. Then I found out about carbon steel pans. They are cheap, they aren't too pretty, but when seasoned like cast iron they are incredible. Eggs simply won't stick to them, and they distribute heat quite well. They're available on amazon, and I assume at various stores. Just make sure you're not getting a cheap aluminum restaurant pan, which looks very similar but weighs about a third as much and will grab anything you put in it and refuse to let go until you take a cold chisel to it.