But learning to use cast iron cookware effectively can be an art form.A bronze Chinese crossbow trigger mechanism with a butt plate (the wooden components have since eroded and disappeared), inlaid with silver, from either the late Warring States period (403–256 BC) or the early Han Dynasty (202 BC – AD 220) This includes the Four Great Inventions: papermaking, the compass, gunpowder, and printing (both woodblock and movable type).
As long as you have a heat source, you can cook in cast iron.
In the grand scheme of self-reliance, cast iron reigns supreme.
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I’m willing to bet at least half of you have some form of cast iron cookware that was put to good use by some close relatives.
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