Wow, look at this old time mother in her old fashioned kitchen. Actually, I'm not sure if she's a mother, but she is a wife! Weren't kitchens different from what we now have in our modern kitchens?
Mrs. Yandle Cooking on Coal Stove, Yacolt Mt, Future Recipients of Electricity from Bonneville Dam
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My pan came pre-seasoned, but here is a post at Keeper of the Home on how to season your cast iron, as well as other care instructions. She mentions the good reason to get cast iron--non-stick pans are bad for your health. They actually release chemicals into the air and into your food when you cook with them. Good alternatives to non-stick cookware and bakeware are stainless steel, cast iron, glass, and stoneware, but not aluminum. If you're just now finding out that non-stick cookware is unhealthy by me telling you, please understand that I'm not trying to make you feel bad! I just like to pass along information to help people make better choices for their family's health when they are able to. If you can not afford to switch over your cookware right away, I completely understand. I was not able to purchase new cookware until we received a tax refund a couple of years ago. And I still have some non-stick and aluminum cookware/bakeware that I have not been able to replace yet, even though they badly need to be replaced because of the sorry state they are in. But most people in America have more money than us, so if you can afford it, then yea! you have an excuse to purchase a new set of cookware.
What are you making in the kitchen today?