If you’re looking for a new pan or pot, cast iron is one of your best options. Skillets and Dutch ovens made of cast iron are sturdy, durable, and heat up evenly. You can use them on your stove, in the oven, or on the outside grill. Since you can cook with them over a campfire, they also work great for camping trips.
The thing about cast iron cookware is that it’s virtually indestructible. It can last you a lifetime and get handed down in your family for generations if you take the time to care for it well (by cleaning, seasoning, and storing it correctly).
When it comes to cookware, I abide by the rule of “buy nice or buy twice.” With so many brands out there, it can be hard to tell which are worth your money—and which ones to steer clear from.
So I created this guide to help you out.