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Iron and cast iron fryers Which is better?

The life of iron pans is always greased with a thin layer of oil. Iron, in its two variants, gain popularity in the search for frying pans that give us ecology and traditional flavors without the need of a non-stick coating.

It just needs a little pampering and you have it for life.


It is not a myth that an iron skillet is passed down from generation to generation. They are made  from a metal plate and also  filling sand molds with cast iron.

Cast iron or cast iron frying pans?

When we talk about iron pans we have to differentiate between two types: those of cast iron and moldings, created from matrices with steel sheets. You can see the videos of the manufacturing processes of these iron pans to notice the difference.

Iron pans are suitable for all types of kitchens : gas, ceramic hob, induction, charcoal or even firewood.

And in practice what is the difference? In addition to aesthetic and price issues are differentiated in the maintenance after each use . Cast iron pans do not need the maintenance that molded pans do.

Heal your iron pan

In the case of Mineral B De Buyer frying pans will require an initial curing process of the frying pan as explained in this post. In this article you can see how to make the curing of a iron skillet of Buyer.

This process is not applicable to Le Creuset frying pans which, as we discussed above, do not need an initial curing. It is simply necessary to wash with soap and water and are ready to use.

Cooking with iron pans

Iron pans are the pans of a lifetime, used for generations. Currently we are experiencing a return to this type of product, especially for the robustness and durability of materials and sometimes lower cost compared to other types of pans. These pans that we present in this post are considered high-end iron pans , but if we are accustomed to cooking with nonstick pans, the transition from these to iron requires a few guidelines to accustom to cook with them and get , The maximum match to our purchase.

As we mentioned before, the nonstick that is created in these pans is progressive depending on the uses . That is, the more we use our iron pan, the faster we will get that layer of nonstick. For the first cooking, when our cast iron skillet handle cover is new, we must follow a series of guidelines that will make us enjoy them from the first moment.

The life of the pans is always greased with a thin layer of oil. At first, if we are going to cook meals that tend to stick like tortilla or fish, it is advisable to use a small amount of oil (in this case, a small stream would be more than enough) and make to work to the pan over medium heat / Under, supervising the cooking. As the time progresses, we will remove the food with the aid of a spatula preventing it from sticking to the body of the pan.

The vegetables and vegetables respond perfectly to the frying pan from the first moment. They are food that we can cook as we do on a regular basis being sure that we are going to stick. Anyway, it is always good to get used to stirring the food during cooking, not only concerned about sticking, but also for the flavors and aromas to combine.

Features of the kitchen with Iron pans

Natural non-stick pans

Many customers have chosen these pans because they are natural pans , without Teflon , which create a nonstick patina which improves use after use.

A pan for life, guaranteed

The French manufacturers, De Buyer and Le Creuset, guarantee these iron pans for life, do you want a more powerful argument to bet on them?

How much do these pans cost? Buy iron pans


Buyer pans have a starting price of about 22 € for a 20 cm skillet. While vitrified cast iron has an initial price of 99 € for a 24 cm pan. diameter.

In Lecuine you can buy Mineral B De Buyer iron pans or Le Creuset cast iron pans in various sizes, even in sets of 2 and 3 pans. Use the code “soylecuiner” that will have a 5% discount for being a reader of this blog. Lecuine can send you the pans to any country in the world .

The iron pan with the right size

How many people will you cook? Do you need more frying pan and a measure? In Lecuine you will find pans of 20, 24 and 28 cm. Diameter and packs of 2 and 3 pans to cover all your needs.

The brands

Around the world the trend of using these pans is a growing trend linked to traditional cooking and the use of local foods, so brands around the world are developing their updated versions of the whole life pans.

In Lecuine we have selected the two most prestigious brands in Europe , casually two French brands, De Buyer and Le Creuset. We have published a specific post for each brand that we invite you to read to know more about each one.

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