Can I Use Cast Iron on Electric Stovetop?
The short answer is “yes,” but be sure to review all the cautions and advice that is here before you start using your cast iron pan on the stove top you own.
Generally, you can use a cast iron pan on any stove top. There are always concerns that the iron might scratch the surface of a glass or ceramic top, although this is not very likely. You can use your iron cookware on any of these stove tops without too much concern:
• Induction or ceramic elements
• Electric and gas cooktops
• In your oven
• On the grill or even over a campfire
If you plan to use your cookware over the fire, buy a second one for use inside the house. Even on the grill, but certainly over an open fire, the cookware will collect char on the bottom, that black stuff, and it will leave a mess anywhere you set the ironware down. It can be removed, but a plain cast iron pan is so cheap that you might as well own two of them, one for open fire or grill use, and one for your inside cooking tops.
Are there tricks or tips to using it on my glass, ceramic, or other specialized surface?
Today’s stovetops are constructed with materials finely honed to produce the best surfaces possible for cooking. However that also may mean the surface is somewhat delicate, unlike the cast iron elements that our parents and grandparents used, which were workhorses. So when you put cast iron on those specialized surfaces be careful about the following issues:
• Think lift, not slide, with iron cookware (to avoid inadvertent scratching)
• Toss the iron ring you can slip under cast iron; this can also scratch
• Heating to high temperatures will not generally be a problem for the pan or the stove top
• If the pan does not lie flat, replace it to avoid possible damage to your surface
o Designate the warped pan to outdoor use; don’t toss it out
Do I need special utensils for my cast iron ware?
Only if you are using it out of doors over an open fire. Then you want stainless steel, and long-armed types. Otherwise, almost any:
• Metal (cast iron can take the abuse from metal because they are both hard tempered materials)
• Wood and bamboo
• Hi-temp silicone
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