By MyRecipes
Updated January 07, 2013
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The humble cast iron skillet is one of those inexpensive but indispensable kitchen tools that can stand in for a sandwich press, a pizza stone, a baking dish or sauté pan. Don't be intimidated by seasoning them–Now you can buy the skillets preseasoned, so they're ready to cook the day you bring them home.

"If a recipe calls for baking in a cast-iron skillet, can I use a regular baking dish instead?"

Cast iron is slower to heat, but holds heat better than many other surfaces. When a recipe calls for cast iron, but you use another material, you may have to bake it longer or raise the temperature by about 25 degrees to get the same outcome.