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Don't Cook These Things in Cast Iron

By Sara Butler

Cast iron pans are a great tool to have on hand in your kitchen, but not everything is meant to be cooked that way. In fact, some foods should never see the inside of a cast iron pan for a variety of reasons, including how it can impact your health. Here are a few things you should never cook in cast iron.

Things that Smell

If what you're cooking has fish, stinky cheese, peppers, or garlic in it -- just to name a few of the more pungent foods -- then you should leave it out of your cast iron pan. Cooking these things in cast iron can cause the smell to linger for longer than you may like.

If you happen to break this cardinal rule and cook something stinky in your pan, throw it in your oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. That will probably take care of it, but it may be best to err on the side of unstinky safety.

Sticky Things

If your pan is a newer addition to your kitchen, then it may not be very well seasoned yet. If that's the case, then you should refrain putting anything sticky in it until it is, such as eggs. Sticky foods such as eggs will stick to the pan and be very hard to get off, so keep them in your non-stick pan for a while.


Any type of delicate fish such as trout or tilapia doesn't do well in a cast iron skillet. The fish is simply too delicate for the heat of the cast iron and that crust that you love using your cast iron pan for will spell its doom. If you have meaty fish such as salmon to cook, then go for it. They can take the heat in your kitchen.

Anything Deep Fried

One thing about cast iron that some folks don't know is that it can cause food to go rancid when used for frying. That's because something called oxidation occurs to the fats in the oils faster in cast iron than in other cookware. If you accidentally make your food rancid, then it can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. It also tastes awful. So avoid deep-frying anything as a general rule. Go buy yourself an air fryer and call it a day.

There are definitely some special things you should know about your cast iron pan, so make sure you research before you cook!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rowlett, Tex.

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