Dr Oz: Should You Wash A Cast Iron Pan?
Cast iron pans are all the rage, but they can be a bit confusing for those who don’t have a lot of experience with them. First, should you wash your cast iron pans? One woman shared that she uses soap and water to clean her pan after each time that she uses it. Another woman was told not to use soap, and just rinses it off after each use. Dr Oz swabbed her pan to see how many germs were on the pan. The reading came back with a zero! Dr Oz pointed out that when a cast iron hits 500 degrees, all the bacteria on it is killed, so you don’t need to use soap to clean it.
To clean your cast iron pan, scrub it with a sponge and a little hot water, then use kosher salt to remove any stuck on food and make sure your dry it well. You could also apply a thin coat of oil to prevent it from rusting and help it last a long time.
Dr Oz: Cast Iron Pans For More Iron
Next, is it true that cast iron pans add iron to your diet? It’s a fact! Dr Oz recommends that people use cast iron pans for just that reason! If you you cook eggs or a beef stew in a cast iron skillet, you can add 3 mg of iron. If you use the pan to cook spaghetti sauce, the iron sauce can jump 5 mg!
Dr Oz: How To Season Your Cast Iron Pan
Lastly, do you have to season a cast iron pan before you use it? You certainly do! When you purchase a cast iron pan, take some oil and soak a rag in that oil. Wipe the entire surface of the pan, including the outside. Then put the pan in the oven for 45-60 minutes at 250 degrees. Then pull it out, wipe it with the oil again. Do it 4-6 times and you’ll cast iron pan will last for a good, long time!
Dr Oz: The Sriracha Obsession
Next, Dr Oz took a closer look at a condiment that seems to be getting more and more popular every day. Sriracha is pronounced SEE-RA-CHA and over 20 million bottles are sold per year. 3,000 bottles are produced every day and ever year, Sriracha sales increase by 20%. Now, the craze has expanded to several products and Dr Oz admitted to being just as obsessed with it as everyone else.
Sriracha has been like to increased longevity, with studies showing that people who eat spicy foods at least once a day, have a lower risk of mortality. It’s also good for your heart and can lower bad cholesterol, and it can also boost your metabolism. Dr Oz then welcomed a Sriracha expert, Randy Clemens, who actually wrote two cookbooks based on the condiment. He explained that the sauce is a garlicky, fermented hot sauce that originated in a small seaside town in Thailand called Sriracha. Even astronauts are using Sriracha!
Dr Oz: Sriracha Weight Loss & Health Benefits
Randy actually lost 80 pounds, a lot of which he credits to Sriracha, because of it’s metabolism-boosting effects. Red jalapenos and garlic are loaded with vitamins and other benefits, and they make up the main ingredients in the popular sauce. Randy enjoys Sriracha on practically everything!
What are your favorite ways to use Sriracha?