Also useful for burglars - Tactical Ninja
Jan. 4th, 2013
08:59 am - Also useful for burglars
Ages ago I asked about getting more dietary iron, and amongst other things the biggest recommendation was to cook food in iron cookware. So over the holidays I duly went and purchased a large cast iron frying pan (and a new wok because we'd worn out the old one - yay for the post-Christmas half price sales!). After doing the seasoning thing, last night I cooked our first meal in it.
Ta da! That up there is my iron-rich bolognese sauce, about to become more iron-rich with the addition of some dead cow. Impressions so far is that it needs more seasoning (the pan that is, not the sauce - that was yummy) because stuff still stuck to it, and that I like the fact that it heats up properly and does stuff like low simmer without constantly having to adjust the temperature. I am sure that it will become one of my most-used cooking thingies.
Things I'm less sure of: storage (thing's huge), and its compatibility with the ceramic stove top (it's damn heavy). I think for the latter we'll just have to be really careful. But for the former, one of the things I saw while I was looking up how to season it, was this:
I WANT ONE!
Not a rack with a selection of 15 different frying pans, but I would totally go for a rack where I could hang up the pans we have. Reality is that in my cooking I mostly use the wok and now the frying pan, with even use of the large and medium pots and occasionally the little one. Getting these out of the cupboards and onto a rack would mean that I don't have to take out the slow cooker, the toaster, the wok and the food processor just to get at the casserole dish.
Here's our kitchen:
Well, it doesn't look like that any more. Imagine a range hood, a microwave by the fridge with an espresso machine on top, a shelf for spices and a plate stacker in the corner by the window, and another shelf with glasses, cup hooks and a jug on the far right hand side. Yes, our kitchen is crowded because as you can see it has three countem three useful cupboards. The ones over the fridge mostly have spare stuff we don't use very often, and extra tea/coffee makings. There's a pantry cupboard on the left out of the picture which is only just big enough, and those drawers. That's all our kitchen space.
So we have to be very careful about what we bring in, and something as large as a cast iron frying pan is a big deal. At the moment it's living in the oven because we haven't finished seasoning it yet, but eventually it'll need a home and short of making it yet another thing I need to dig through to get to the casserole dish, look at all that ceiling space we could be using.
Dr Wheel reckons the space against the wall on the right of the photo could be used to create more bench space by adding a sideboard of some kind, sort of like this only less colonial-y. If we did that, the space above it would be fair game for a pan rack thing. The other option is above the sink, but the inherent problem there is that I'm 5'7" and the YoT's 6'6" and there really is no compromise between him banging his head all the time and me having to get a chair all the time, so we want it in a lower-traffic area where headbanging is easily avoidable.
By the way, in case anyone's interested, here is the method I'm using for seasoning the frying pan. I like this because it's SCIENCE!
Meanwhile, I was knackered last night. Thinking for extended periods after getting used to having a short attention span is hard work. So we watched some episodes of Revenge* (yep, still silly) as we melted horizontally into the couch. Because we are that hardcore.
This afternoon, Fidel's. I am so ready for the weekend after my hard two days at work.
* Who knew that 'ambitious' was a sexuality?