10 Tips for Cooking with Cast Iron

Classic and stylish, cast iron is a durable, versatile material that thousands of home cooks around the world love cooking with. If, like us, you have a bit of a cast iron obsession, take a look at our tips and facts below to help you get the most out of it.

Keep the heat low

Unless you’re using your casserole pot to either boil water or reduce stock, we would recommend that all other cooking is done over a low or medium heat. Completely cover the inside base of you pot in oil before heating and allow the heat to build up gradually. If the oil or fat is smoking before adding your first ingredient it’s gotten too hot, so reduce the heat and allow to decrease in temperature.

Choose the best sized pot for your hob

Everybody has a favourite ring on the hob, right? But when it comes to choosing which to cook on when using your cast iron, make sure that the circumference of the base of your pot is as closely matched in size as possible to the heat ring or gas flame circumference. This will give you the best heat distribution.

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Induction cooking

Induction relies on creating a magnetic field between the hob and the pan to produce heat. Cast iron is a ferrous metal and is therefore very magnetic, making its performance on induction hobs efficient and responsive for both quick heating and rapid cooling.

Go in hot

Wherever possible, always add hot liquid to a hot pot. If using cold liquid is unavoidable, remove the pan from the heat for a minute before pouring your liquid in slowly. This will help to prevent thermal shock damage to the enamel.


If you’re cooking a gorgeous roast chicken or a juicy fillet of beef, choose a roasting tray with a square body as larger joints will sit better in this shape. A square roasting will also provide you with ample room for turning your joint, for basting and will sit nicely on the hob when it comes to making your gravy.

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Oven proof

If you prefer a casserole or stew to have a deeper, darker colour, cast iron is great for hob-to-oven cooking. Simply start your ingredients off on the hob, then transfer to the oven where the all-round heat will give you a greater caramelisation.

Ingredients holder

The upturned lid of a cast iron casserole pot can be used as a handy place for holding ingredients once they have been prepared, or as a place to hold ingredients that have been temporarily removed from the pan – browning off beef, for example. Take care, however, to make sure that there is not a heat source underneath the upturned lid.

Use the correct untensils

Heat resistant silicone, plastic or wooden utensils are the best choice when cooking with cast iron as they are kinder on the surface and are also more comfortable to use.

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Aluminium foil

When your recipe calls for a long, slow roast try covering your cast iron roasting tin with some tin foil. This will improve succulence, reduces meat shrinkage and can also contain any splashes of fat, helping to keep your oven clean.

Great for baking

The smooth finish of cast iron makes a fantastic baking surface and requires no pre-preparation for laying pastry into, and minimal preparation for baking cakes and bread – simply a little flour or a lining of baking parchment.

Christmas Cooking Essentials

One of the most wonderful things about the festive season is being able to provide your friends and family with a table full of delicious food. But, if the idea of cooking for a large group of people seems a little daunting, we’re here to save the day!

We’ve put together a list of top products that will help you with your Christmas cooking, make the whole experience seem like a breeze, and allow you to spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Food Processor

An absolute must-have for simplifying Christmas cooking, the Cooks Professional Food Processor will take all the hard work out of preparing vegetables, blending soups, mixing ingredients for pastry and so much more! With a large 3.5 litre bowl, and a 1.8 litre jug, you can create large quantities of food with ease, and the 7 included attachments will really take all the hard work out cooking this Christmas.

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8 Piece Cast Iron Set

If you’re looking to not only cook efficiently, but also bring a touch of style to the main event, the Cooks Professional Cast Iron Set is exactly what you’re looking for. Available in a range of gorgeous colours, the set includes 2 crock pots, 3 saucepans, a frying pan, griddle pan and roasting dish, allowing you to create a variety of delicious Christmas dishes.

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3-in-1 Handheld Stick Blender

Perfect for mixing soft ingredients and liquids with the blender attachment, whipping up great desserts with the stainless-steel whisk attachment or chopping up vegetables with the bowl attachment, this stylish 3-in-1 Stick Blender from Cooks Professional is the kitchen gadget that will make short work of your Christmas food preparation!

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4 Section Buffet Warmer

Ideal for keeping food warm for serving, this Four-Section Buffet Warmer from Cooks Professional also transforms into a hotplate, giving you more options over what meals you can serve. A must have for home entertaining, this is perfect for popping on the dinner table to keep food warm, and for allowing guests to self-serve at your Christmas party.

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Ice Maker

Make sure your party guests are never without a cold drink with the Cooks Professional Ice Maker. This easy to use machine will give you ice in as little as six minutes, and can make either small or large ice cubes. Requiring no plumbing, it’s the perfect Christmas party companion!

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Stand Mixer

Christmas is definitely the time of year to get baking, so why not take the hard work out of mixing, and create a wide variety of delicious bakes with the Cooks Professional Stand Mixer. With a dough hook, whisk and flat beater included, your festive baking options are limitless!

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Ice Cream Maker

Impress your friends and family this Christmas with homemade ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbets using the Cooks Professional Ice Cream Maker. No need for pre-freezing, this clever little gadget allows you to pop all of your ingredients in and sit back and relax whilst the machine does the hard work.

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Recycling Sensor Bin

Providing you with a place to dispose of eagerly torn open wrapping paper, and a place for those empty champagne bottles, the Recycling Sensor Bin from Cooks Professional is ideal for keeping your home and kitchen tidy this Christmas. The built-in sensor allows for hygienic, hands-free opening, and the separate compartments mean you can neatly store your items for recycling.

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12 Piece Glass Food Storage with Lids

Ideal for storing Christmas dinner leftovers, or as a place to keep food you’ve prepared for the big day, the Cooks Professional 12 Piece Set is the food storage solution that will help keep you organised in the kitchen this festive season. Suitable for oven use, they are also freezer-proof, microwave safe and can even be run through the dishwasher, making your life even easier!

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Fried Food – The Healthy Way…

The prospect of healthy eating can seem a little daunting. The thought of night after night with nothing but salad and grilled chicken is certainly not something that makes the taste buds tingle with anticipation. But, with an air fryer, low calorie meals no longer have to be a bland, salad-laden experience.

With the Cooks Professional Multi-Function Air Fryer you can roast, fry, bake, steam, spit-roast or grill your way to healthy diet, all without the need for oil.

Hot air circulating at temperatures up to 230°C will ensure your food is cooked to perfection every time, a well as keeping everything low in calories!

With an enormous 10 litre capacity, the air fryer can be used to cook all your favourites (including chips!) and even has a keep warm function and removable non-stick bowl.

So, if you’re looking for a healthier way to eat your favourite foods, look no further than the Cooks Professional Multi-Function Air Fryer.