I was recently given an early Christmas gift from a friend.
As you know from reading this blog that I hold cast iron cookware way above any other type made. It is the most versatile of all cookware. No other type of cookware is generally passed down from generation to generation as cast iron cookware is. OK, in France, copperware is regarded as the chefs choice but let’s be honest here, has anything in France ever been worth passing down from generation to generation?
Let’s take a quick peek at famous French products before going back to today’s post. There is of course;
CARS: Citroen, Peugeot and Renault. Whew! Real collector items here. Don’t pass any of ’em down to me!
AVIATION: Eurocopter. Sure we see tons of ‘em flying around here…Not!
WRITING: Bic pens. OK, if I want a cheap disposable pen I’ll buy a Bic.
PEST CONTROL: W. A. Flick. Is this where they got the term, Flick of a Bic?
COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE: Ingenico. I didn’t see any at Best Buy recently.
WATER: Evian, Perrier. (only because you can’t safely drink French tap water)
True, there are numerous clothing designers and toiletries made in France but I’ve yet to see good old rugged Carhartts or Old Spice being worn by Parisians. I think it’s too manly for Frenchmen, it gives them hives on their sensitive skin.
So, lets agree we could survive without French copper cookware too.
Now, back to today’s post…
While I tried my best on the outside to appear pleased, inside I was horrified! To me I was holding a Stradivarius violin that had been turned into an ash tray. Let me explain. Look at the Photo below.
What a quaint photo of an old time kitchen…permanently decoupaged onto the bottom! It would have been OK with me if the photo of the old kitchen had been decoupaged on an old place mat or even a Museum’s Claude Monet painting but on a GRISWOLD cast iron skillet? No way Jose’ !
Just look at what they ruined. A real Griswold from the early 1900’s is a rare collectors item. Definitely worth passing down. A close up of the pan shows their trademark grinding skills. It was this incredible surface grinding that eventually led to today’s non stick cookware.
After World War ll, aluminum was plentiful. It seemed everything was being made out of it. Pots and pans did not escape this transition. Cast iron cookware was out of vogue. Too heavy, black instead of shiny silver and it heated and cooled quickly. (Aluminum is now being investigated for the increase in Alzheimer’s disease but that’s another story.)
So what could be better than an aluminum skillet coated in Teflon? Why not just cook in toxic waste?