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Much of the cookware on the market today has various non-stick coatings composed of chemicals which may be harmful to one’s health as they can leach into food or emit fumes when becoming hot. One of the safest types of cookware available is cast-iron. Cast iron has long been used and is known to be durable (even indestructible) as well as heating food evenly. It can withstand high oven temperatures, retain heat exceptionally well, and only emits iron into food which can be beneficial to one’s diet. Cast iron cookware is also relatively inexpensive and requires minimal upkeep. To keep cast iron in good condition it is only necessary to gently warm water wash after use and rub with about 1 tbsp of oil. One of my favorite retailers of cast iron is Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. This company is over a century old and offers a variety of pre-seasoned skillets, pots, pans, and bakeware all with lifetime warranties. I have purchased the Lodge Logic Combo Cooker to begin my cast iron collection and it seems to cover almost all of my cooking needs for only $30. It includes a 3 quart deep skillet / dutch oven base and 10.25 inch shallow skillet / griddle / lid. This set is incredibly versatile and can be used as skillet, a fryer, a Dutch oven, all while the lid converts to a shallow skillet or griddle. It can even be used for outdoor cooking.