About a month ago I began buying up a lot of NEW Cast Iron cookware because I was tired of seeing my Teflon and other NonStick cookware get damaged and scratched (and wondering where these little bits and pieces ended up). Even though it is super heavy and not as pretty as my Stainless Steel cookware I have been absolutely LOVING cooking with it! This morning I took out my 10 inch Cast Iron skillet, put it on the burner (medium/high) and put a heaping tablespoon of bacon fat that I always have in the fridge (to get things started) and also put in 3 nice slices of bacon. I don’t have a bacon press yet but am eyeing this one or something similar….
The lovely part of a properly seasoned Cast iron pan is that it is NON STICK NATURALLY!***
I flipped the bacon and pushed it to the side and cracked 3 amazing fresh eggs that I got on my trip to an Amish Farm up in Lancaster, PA last week (1 double yolk…YAY!). I like my eggs with lots of runny yolk so I took my fork and was able to flip the egg like magic – it’s seriously Non-Stick! At this point I tun off the burner since the pan will finish cooking the eggs as the Cast Iron retains heat amazingly. I served the 3 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, half an avocado about a 1tb of Kerrygold salted butter and a dash of salt and pepper. I also brewed some drip coffee and drank it with 1 splenda packet. I have decided to limit my dairy intake so no Heavy Whipping Cream for the moment, I don’t miss it much actually.
***I will discuss this all in the future in more detail but the bottom line is this – buy a new Cast Iron Lodge pan, throw in a pound or kilo of bacon and cook it, drain fat into a jar, cook another 3 minutes, drain fat, remove bacon and bits until there is a just a layer of yummy bacon fat left. Throw it onto the burner until you see a little smoke coming and turn the heat off and let it cool. Wipe the pan with a papertowel when warm/cooler and put it back on the burner. Add a little olive oil and wipe it all over with a paper towel (be careful not to burn yourself)….when you see smoke turn the heat off and let it fully cool. Wipe once more with a papertowel, making sure to remove excess oil but also being sure the entire pan has a little oil on it, you will see the lovely sheen. Store it away!