I'm talking about cast iron. And I'm talking about durability and reliability. You can fry on top of the stove or bake in the oven. And if faced with an emergency situation, they transition nicely to a wood-burning stove or a campfire. Try doing that with your fancy modern skillet! Cast-iron cookware comes in a variety of styles: dutch ovens, various sizes of skillets and frying pans, deep fryers, woks, flat-top grills, and griddles.
One of my most favorite recipes is the one for good old-fashioned cornbread. Made from scratch, my husband refuses to eat any cornbread other than this recipe and baked in our cast-iron skillet. No packaged cornbread for him! (The secret is the small amount of sugar added to the batter.)
There are several brands out there to choose from, but the only one I ever buy is Lodge. We have been known to scour antique stores for old Griswolds, too. They are few and far between, but you've got a treasure if you're lucky enough to come across one.
1 package yeast
4 cups warm water
2 tbsp. sugar
4 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and flour. Let set for 2 days.
16-inch Dutch oven or cookie sheets
6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
5 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
9 tbsp. of liquid Crisco
6 cups of starter
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Make well in center of mix. Add Crisco and starter. Mix.
Put oven on half a shovel of coals and heat 15 minutes. Take oven off coals and put lid near coals. Coat oven in a thin layer of melted Crisco. Place small loafs or biscuits in Dutch oven, touching each other so they will rise better. Put on lid. Set Dutch oven on trivet and place small shovel of coals around the trivet. Put 2 shovels of coals on top of the lid. Turn oven and make 1/2 turn every 5 minutes. Turn lid and oven different directions. Cook 10 minutes on the fire and 10 minutes off.
This will admittedly, take time and attention, and it is not always easy to regulate the heat. But if you are in SHTF situation and you're hungry, I promise you this will taste like heaven. Especially when served up with beef tips, acorn squash and a chocolate burrito!
Job 23:12 "I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread."