Get your favorite cast iron pot ready!
A new type of cooking competition is coming to Downtown Houma on Saturday, February 16. The Cast Iron Cookoff will take place around the Houma Courthouse Square and will feature live music, delicious food, beer and soft drinks, yard games, and more.
Registration is now open for cooking teams wishing to showcase their best dish! Teams can cook any type of food they wish, so long as all of the food is cooked in cookware made of cast iron. Prizes, trophies, and bragging rights will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People’s Choice. Spots are limited, so teams are encouraged to register soon. Guidelines and registration form can be found at http://www.houmarotary.org/CookOff.cfm.
General admission for the public to attend is just $5, which includes ability to sample all entered dishes and vote for their favorite.
All proceeds benefit the many service projects of the Rotary Club of Houma that assist our local community, including leadership development programs at local elementary and high schools; community service projects with local non-profit organizations, as well as projects to benefit local veterans and ongoing donations to local food bank; and education development with projects such as Dictionary Giveaway, Rotary Reads, and Coteau Bayou Blue Elementary Partnership.
Love cooking on cast iron?
These tips and tricks will help your cast iron cookware to last forever. And yes, we do mean forever. Your children will fight over who gets your pots!
1. Use your cast iron often. You more you use it, the better it will work. You will also realize quickly that you love it more than any other possession, and hopefully give it the care it deserves.
2. Clean your cast iron after every use. Rinse with hot water while the pot is still warm. Never, ever use soap. And no matter what, keep it away from the dishwasher!
3. Use salt to scour your pot. Using a coarse salt to scour stubborn bits of food will not damage the pot’s seasoning. Use a paper towel to rub salt on the inside then rinse with warm water.
4. Dry the pot immediately! Wipe dry then heat the pot over a low flame to open the pores of the pot up. Store your clean pot in a cool, dry place.
5. Re-season your pot regularly! Use a paper towel to apply a light, even film of vegetable oil on the inside of the pan. Bake upside down in the oven at 400 degrees for an hour. Repeat as necessary. •