A cast iron skillet will last for generations when properly it has been properly seasoned and taken care of. They evenly distribute heat, have a natural non-stick surface when seasoned, and won't warp when exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time. Cast iron pans are durable and versatile enough to go from the home to the campfire and back again. They are a popular choice for professional chefs.
Cast iron skillets are made from iron, so rust is their natural enemy. You may have heard a list of "don'ts" regarding their care and cleaning. The two most important caveats are not to soak the pan and to avoid pitting by cleaning the pan immediately after use. Don't panic if the pan starts to rust, that is natural, and can be remedied by re-seasoning.
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