Cooking On Campfire With Cast Iron


Cast iron is popular among campers because it’s less expensive, non-stick and can last a long time. However, apart from these and the many delicious meals you can cook in it, there are other benefits of cooking in cast iron. Here are some of the benefits of cooking in an iron skillet.


Many of today’s non-stick pans made with Teflon aren’t good for our health. This is because when these pans are heated to high temperatures, they release toxic chemicals that are potential health hazards. Moreover, scratched non-stick pans release chemicals into your food. There are numerous health problems that have been linked to this such as liver dysfunction and brain health.

On the bright side, one of the best benefits of cooking in cast iron is that it is naturally non-stick and spares you from the harmful chemicals that can get on your food.


When you cook a lot, and especially when you cook at camp or outdoors, cleaning up can be tiresome. Cast iron saves you so much time because it’s not that hard to clean.

With cast iron, food releases from the pan so much easier, making cleanup time quick and effortless.


Unlike other pots and pans, true non-stick cast iron pans don’t have added chemicals that can break down at high temperatures. Nobody wants that. With cast iron, you can ensure you’re only cooking and serving chemical-free dishes to your friends and family.


Among the great benefits of cooking in cast iron is how it can save you from spending a fortune on cookware. Cast iron is among the most inexpensive cookware on the market. And because they last you a long time, it’s a one-time purchase that is worth your money.


The great thing about cast iron that it is almost indestructible, which is cost-efficient. Use it both at home and outdoors. Cook in it repeatedly, and your cast iron pan won’t even budge. The durability is legendary — many people are using cast-iron pans that have been handed down to them from past generations. Cast iron pans only get better as they age. So, oil it, heat it, cook in it and your cast iron pan only gets reborn.


The heavy weight of a cast iron pan is part of its magic because this is what lets it hold heat longer than other pans. This then results in even cooking.

A cast iron pan works perfectly during camping where it’s not practical to bring a stove. A cast iron not only offers even cooking but also helps prevent burnt dinner.


One of the health benefits of cooking in cast iron is how it provides a healthy boost of iron. This is especially beneficial for women, kids and vegetarians who need an extra dose of iron. It’s said that cooking in a cast iron greatly increases the iron content of many foods but how much iron we’re talking about is still up for debate.

Pizzas, burgers, giant biscuits, and the list goes on. There are many enticing dishes you can cook and enjoy using a cast iron pan, but the reasons to love a cast iron doesn’t end there. Aside from the delicious meals you can create in them, there are many benefits of cooking in cast iron that other pots and pans cannot provide.

From easy clean-up, the inexpensive cost to the health benefits, a cast iron skillet can be your next favourite cooking item that’ll last you for a long time. If you want to make you get your money’s worth, consider a cast iron pan or pot an investment.



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Kimberly Powell

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.