Cook Like a Pioneer – Cast Iron Cookware
Before the stove, when cooking was done in the hearth or over a fire, there were cast iron pots. The use of cast iron in cooking began centuries ago in Asia and is first mentioned in England around the year 680. Manufacturing in the United States began in the 1800’s by Griswold, Wagner Ware and Lodge Manufacturing and was known to be affordable, durable and it lasted forever. Loved by housewives and chuck wagon cooks alike, it was known for its even heat retention and non-stick properties. It lost popularity in the mid 1900’s when more fashionable products made their appearance but is enjoying a resurgence today reminding cooks that simplicity and traditional cooking methods might be among the best.
Three Favorite Cast Iron Makers
Isaac Morton hatched the idea for Smithey Ironworks while tinkering in his woodshed where he began restoring old vintage iron cookware pieces. The prospect of recreating the old 1890’s process fascinated him and he delved into the old techniques added some modern technology and founded Smithey Ironware. They opened up their shop doors in late 2015 and have developed a classic line of traditional cast iron cookware.
With a satin smooth, polished surface, each piece is precisely calibrated to give you the optimum control over your cooking experience.
Lodge Cast Iron has been making heirloom-quality cookware and accessories since 1896. They currently operate two foundries in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, their home since the very beginning. Backed by over 120 years of experience, each piece of Lodge cookware is crafted for durability and versatility. They don’t just make cookware — they make memories that last for generations.
Nest Homeware, a small company based in Providence, RI, specializing in cast iron cookware is led and managed by its founder and principal designer, Matt Cavallaro. He founded Nest in 2013 with a vision to make beautiful, highly functional, heirloom products. His strong background in Industrial Design and classic manufacturing processes, combined with his artist’s eye and creative passion, drive that vision.