As I was washing dishes after supper the other night, the song "Everything Old Is New Again" popped into my head. You see that happening a lot in fashion, but the reason it popped into my head while doing the dishes is because of my newly purchased frying pans.
As I mentioned in a previous blog ("Mom Knew"), I'm very interested in nutrition and good health. In my reading I'm finding out that even the pots and pans we use to cook our food in are important. Research is finding non-stick and aluminum cookware my be a contributing factor to many illnesses - several cancers and Alzheimer's to name a couple. Stainless steel is a good option, but it appears cast iron is the best option. Cast iron was discarded by many people because it is very heavy and also takes a lot of care so that it doesn't rust. The up side of it is that as you cook, iron leaches into the food. Our soil is becoming more depleted of iron all the time and most of us have a least a minor iron deficiency. Women have more of an iron deficiency problem for obvious reasons. I don't know about anyone else, but when I took iron supplements I would get constipated, so I quit taking them. Cooking in cast iron is an excellent way to consume more iron naturally without the side effects.
Our moms, grandmas and great grandmas had it right. With these "new scientific breakthroughs," we're finally catching up with them. "Everything Old IS New Again".