Cast iron has been used for cooking for over 2000 years. Well, that’s the rumor, but I’m sure it’s close.
As long as there has been a meal to make, apparently, cast iron has been one of the means to get it done.
Since the “stove” did not come along until about the middle of the nineteenth century in Europe, cast iron was about the best thing to cook in over an open fire. (It still is today, in my opinion!)
Even when cooking got moved indoors, with the addition of fireplaces and hearts, cast iron “spiders” were often used, as well as the hanging dutch oven.
It took me a while to figure out what a spider was, actually. I have always been an avid collector or very old cookbooks and you see a lot about searing and cooking things over an open fire in a spider.
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