Can your pots and pans bring stress/anxiety relief?
If you are looking to relieve symptoms of anxiety, or if you are going through a stressful period, here’s a surprise: using cast iron cookware may provide some relief.
I know, I know, cast iron skillets are old-fashioned, they aren’t available in pretty colors, you can’t coordinate with them with your kitchen decor. Cast iron skillets are heavy. They are expensive, clunky and hard to store in a small space.
But, although it is not a process that will happen overnight, regular use of cast iron cookware acts as a natural iron supplement. And, if you are under stress or suffer from anxiety, that’s important.
According to the World Health Organization, anemia due to iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problems in the world. Research has shown that not only can stress cause an iron deficit, but there is also a link between anemia and anxiety.
In addition to eating a mineral rich diet of whole foods, cooking in cast iron is probably the easiest way to boost your iron intake without taking supplements.
Need some additional reasons to make cast iron cookware an essential part of your kitchen?
- Cast iron skillets will last you decades. Seriously, decades. What other pieces of equipment or cooking utensils do you have that will not remain useful in the next ten years – but if cared for will actually be better. Go check it out…I’ll wait.
- Cast iron skillets, if correctly cleaned and seasoned, do not require non-stick oil or chemically coated sealing to cook without sticking.
- Cast iron skillets cook with an intense, but even heat, perfect for creating crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside meats.
- Cast iron skillets move effortlessly from the stove top to oven.
- Cast iron skillets require less oil for cooking
That’s six great reasons cast iron cookware should be your go-to piece of equipment!
I admit it’s not quite as simple to care for a cast iron skillet. Unlike an aluminum pan which you can pop in the dishwasher, cast iron has its own unique cleaning process. But, once mastered, it’s very simple.
Use a stiff brush and hot water (never, ever soap), dry completely with a clean cloth or paper towels, cover the bottom with a layer of salt and oil and heat until the oil begins to smoke. pour out the salt/oil mixture and wipe the bottom and sides of the skillet with a clean cloth or paper towels until the surface is smooth
While not exactly cheap, buying a good piece of cast iron doesn’t have to break your budget. You can buy a set of three in most discount stores for around $80, on Amazon for under $50, and, if you spend a little time looking, for considerably less at places like flea markets, Goodwill and yard sales.
A little extra stress and anxiety relief might be as simple as a tasty dish of sauteed mushrooms and spinach…prepared in a cast iron skillet of course!