You know what’s blacker than Black Friday? Beautiful, glistening, well seasoned cast iron cookware.
Oh, yeah, baby. Screw waiting in line for some discount plastic crap or overpumped electronica that’ll be in a landfill in 6 months anyway. If you must shop, shop for something hewn from the living, molten rock of Earth. Something hefty enough to stop a bullet. Something that holds heat so well a steak will tremble and bow down before it. Something you can pass down to your grandbabies. Something strong and heavy and black enough to rival Black Friday itself.
Shop for cast iron. Something like this Lodge Five Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set. Or better yet, don’t shop at all. Enter to win this set without even having to even put on your pants. Hey, I have a three-year-old. I am well aware of how overblown pants are as a “thing” in our society.
Thankful, Joyful, Turkeyful, etc.
You may remember this set from the recent post on Skillet Brussels Sprouts. I couldn’t get it out of my head, but I couldn’t justify buying it for myself, given that I really do have quite enough cast iron, thank you very much.
You see, as I type this post it’s Thanksgiving evening and I’ve had a few glasses of my husband’s excellent homebrew, so I’m feeling all “I love you, man!” towards my readers (except for the douche-waffles, but we are ignoring them). It is a screaming blessing to be the girl behind the keyboard of this blog, to be able to connect with, and inspire, and be inspired by other gardeners and productive homemakers. It is an honor to learn from you and to share what I’ve learned, and to help connect questions to answers.
So, this Thanksgiving I thought I’d give thanks for my readers by giving cast iron, which is – as we all know – the heaviest way to give thanks.
Enter To Win
Update: This contest is now over. Congratulations to winner Benita, who is “thankful that my 28 yr old niece was able to come home for Thanksgiving. She recently finished up radiation from her 3rd major diagnose of cancer since she was 23.”
To win this five piece set of Lodge cast iron, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you are thankful for this holiday season.
This set includes a 10-inch griddle (excellent for pancakes, crepes, etc.), an 8-inch and 10-inch skillet (excellent for, well, everything) and a 5-Quart Dutch oven with lid (necessary for No Knead Bread). It’s a pretty awesome starter set of cast iron. There is very, very little you couldn’t cook on these pieces, and I say this as someone who cooks on cast iron about three times a day.
And look, I know I don’t have to convince you guys – you already know this – but nonstick is bullshit, ok? It’s not good for you or the people you feed (kids? grandma?). It turns out inferior food, and it scratches if you glare at it strongly enough. And according to the Environmental Working Group, “Toxic fumes from the Teflon chemical released from pots and pans at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms (called “Teflon Flu” or, as scientists describe it, “Polymer fume fever”).”
Cast iron when well seasoned is also pretty dang nonstick but it doesn’t give you flu-like symptons. It just slightly boosts the iron content of your food which is, unless you are very atypical and drink liver smoothies for breakfast, a very good thing. It also goes from stove to oven to table without missing a beat and will help you cook like you really mean it.
So leave a comment and enter to win. I want to buy someone these cast iron pans.
Fine Print Stuff
This giveaway is for the cookware set described here. Contest entirely self-sponsored by Northwest Edible Life (that’s me!). Contest open until Thursday, December 5th 8 PM PST. Winner will be contacted by email. Contest open to residents of the US only, due to shipping costs. Sorry international readers. I still love you, but cast iron is really, really heavy. Fulfillment of prize via Amazon.com. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Void where prohibited by law, blah blah blah. Best of luck everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving, all y’all. Thanks for being the best readers a blogger could hope for.1
Janice B says
I am thankful for the internet because it helps me become a better person by learning all I can to better take care of my family and our earth. We are slowly leaving the “microwave” fast paced society and learning to slow life down, enjoy it more and do all we can to become more self sufficient and sustainable. Using this CI set would help us eat healthier. Thank you for offering this wonderful prize.
This year has not been the toughest year, but has perhaps been the scariest. Between finding a research project, completing it along with 2 degrees, finding a job, working said job (without fucking up, getting fired, or permanently hurting myself), being extremely lonely, finding out how much I need to work on myself, and generally going “Woo Adulthood!”, it’s not been pleasant. Or at least not as pleasant as the previous year. BUT it has been utterly successful. And for someone as inherently lazy, greedy, and stubborn as I am, that’s probably been the best part, especially since I refuse to attribute any of my success to anything I did. So despite everything, I’m incredibly thankful. I’m thankful that somehow through luck and stubbornness that I’m hacking it. I’m thankful for all the crazy friends in my life who obviously love this big old dirtbag and are excited about my life all the time and enrich it with their awesomeness. I’m thankful that I have multiple places and people I can happily call home, especially now that that is a bit of a frenetic term for me. And I’m thankful I’ve still got my wits and common sense and an unbroken body, which will see me down whatever crazy place I decide to head next. Cheers!
So many things, but may I add hummingbirds at my feeder, kept from freezing by an electric lamp.
I’m thankful for good friends, good food, and warmth in the winter!
Asd mom says
I am thankful that my son on the autism spectrum has improved so much this year thanks to the gaps diet and all the protocols weve used!
I am grateful for having health insurance.
everyday I’m thankful for my great life that I’m able to spend with my loved ones
Harper Yungwirth says
I am thankful for my family who love me for who I am! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
Natalie yeoman says
I’m thankful for having all my family
What a generous and gorgeous give-away! This holiday season I’m thankful for creativity. In the last month the household income has slimmed significantly and I’ve chosen to look at this as an opportunity to be more home-made. Thanksgiving was spent with nearby family; my contribution: homemade rolls (with ingredients already on hand) and homemade gravy at their house. Being surrounded by family and feeling helpful and needed was wonderful. Now with the onset of the Christmas season: I’ve been mapping out homemade gifts requiring only materials on hand; homemade Advent calendar with family activities as each day’s treat; researching more homemade life stuff. All this is requiring creativity and openness to trying new things and I’m grateful for this opportunity!
I’m thankful to be getting in on this giveaway! 🙂
I’m thankful that my family is healthy and happy. I’m thankful for the sun in the sky and the dirt under my feet.
I’m thankful I checked in to see your blog post about the giveaway! 🙂 Hope you and yours had a fantabulous Thanksgiving! I’m incredibly grateful for the family time shared this Thanksgiving with my brother who has been AWOL for a few years due to a post-nasty-divorce-hostile-to-family-rebound-girlfriend. He was at my mom’s, smiling, relaxed, not in a hurry to leave, and brought a thoroughly enjoyable new lady friend to share in the day. I got my brother back, my kids got their uncle back, and there are not enough words to express my thanks!
I am thankful for my family!
I am thankful that my family will be together for the holidays this year!
I’m thankful for a neighbor who raises turkeys, the opportunity to get involved in our Thanksgiving feast at a new level, and a family and friends that aren’t put off by learning that I dispatched our bird myself.
Deborah Peck says
I’m thankful for being able to help others when I can.
I am thankful to have my family and boyfriend. I love them all tremendously! I am also thankful that I get to see them over Christmas.
I’m especially thankful for the wonderful and supportive friends in my life.
I am thankful for a warm house and a big woodpile. I am also thankful for the anticipation and excitement my kids are feeling right now for the snowstorm headed our way. We moved to Indiana from Florida and they’ve never seen snow or seasons. It’s all very magical right now.
Grateful for my kids and family.
I am thankful for my family and my brand spanking new kitchen. I have a feeling that holiday cooking is going to be more fun than ever.
Meredith Thomas says
I am blown away by the beauty of this world. I am also immensely grateful to people like you that share skills and knowledge. My whole lifestyle has changed as the result of reading blogs like yours. Also, regarding cast iron: I am finally ready to do away with non stick. I just made venison sausage and I swear it tastes better cooked in a cast iron pan. I hope I win!
I’m thankful for all the blessings God has given me, especially family and good health.