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16 Reasons Why You Need a Cast-Iron Skillet (Part II)

Yesterday we talked about the rise of the cast-iron skillet as the kitchen tool <em>du jour</em> in countless Internet cooking chatrooms, and <a title="16 Reasons Why You Need a Cast-Iron Skillet (Part I)" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/16-reasons-why-you-need-a-cast-iron-skillet-part-i" target="_blank">introduced the first eight reasons why you need to jump on the bandwagon</a>.</br></br>Today, we bring you the final eight reasons why <a title="Cast Iron Skillets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/cooking/cooking-dining/cookware/skillets-frying-pans/material/cast-iron/" target="_blank">cast-iron skillets</a> are must-have kitchen magic:</br></br><strong>9. It looks cool.</strong></br></br>An iron skillet speaks volumes, and with a forked tongue to boot. It conveys kitchen mastery as much as it does a back-to-basics attitude. It’s sophisticated and simple all at once. It’s the ultimate tool, wielded equally well by novices and chefs alike.</br></br><strong>10. You can’t break it.</strong></br></br>It will break <em>you</em> before you break <em>it</em>.</br></br><strong>11. You can bang on things with it.</strong></br></br>Need to crumble some crackers for a crust, or flatten a chicken breast? Well, look no further. Yeah, you could use a kitchen mallet, but when it comes to kitchen tools those really are one-hit wonders.</br></br><strong>12. You can leave it in your will.</strong></br></br>Or leave it out, and watch from the afterlife as your heirs squabble over the source of so much delicious joy during your years in the kitchen.</br></br><strong>13. You can use it as a weapon, if necessary.</strong></br></br>While not an endorsement for violence, famed chef and author Anthony Bourdain has this to say about weaponized pans: “If you have any doubts about which will dent – the victim's head or your pan – then throw that pan right in the trash.” – Anthony Bourdain, <em>Kitchen Confidential</em></br></br><strong>14. You can store it anywhere.</strong></br></br>Not only can you put it anywhere, it will look like it <em>belongs</em> wherever you put it. You can lean it up against the wall next to the door and it will somehow look right. It’s impossible to explain, but nevertheless true.</br></br><strong>15. You can put it in the oven.</strong></br></br>Nay, you <em>should</em> put it in the oven. It does some of its finest work in the oven.</br></br><strong>16. You can use it as a trivet.</strong></br></br>Trivets are like socks; the one you want always turns up missing. But, your trusty iron skillet is hanging right there! Set it on the table upside down and now you’ve got a handy spot for that flaming-hot pot.</br></br>So, go out and get yourself a cast-iron skillet. It’ll make cooking in the kitchen so much easier, even if the only thing you make with it is the occasional scrambled egg.
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