Imagine you’ve just finished setting up your new glass top stove; When all of a sudden…
Or arguably worse, the grinding screech of some granule of detritus gouging a furrow in an otherwise polished surface, crushed beneath a sliding pot full of holiday roast beast.
While all of that is simply avoided by not dropping heavy objects on the stove, lifting with both hands, and keeping a clean cooking surface—standard kitchen operating procedure—one might still think that cast iron would be out of range for a glass top stove. Fortunately, “glass top” is rather a misnomer.
Today’s modern glass or ceramic top cook surface is actually each company’s proprietary blend of glass and ceramics. This gives each the benefits of both. The ability to transfer and disperse heat like ceramics, but with glass filling the baked pores, making the surface much stronger and durable than one might first imagine. In simpler terms, you can put your mind at ease—your glass cooktop can handle a lot of weight.
What should I look for when shopping for a cast iron skillet?
- Flat bottom. Many cast iron skillets aren’t perfectly flat bottomed. The material is often plagued by rough spots. Those burrs will scratch your glass top stove and nobody wants that!
- The surface finish. Look for a cast iron skillet that’s been given a protective coating—like porcelain. This will leave your skillet smoother with an even finish much less likely to wreak havoc on your stovetop.
- Cast iron skillets tend to run on the larger side, take care to find one that fits the circles of your particular cooktop. The general rule of thumb is your cookware should be no more than 1-inch larger than your burner.
- Cast iron gets Everywhere. Including the large cast-iron handle. Some cast iron skillets come with their own hot handle holders, or you may be able to purchase one separately.
Is it worth the risk to use a cast iron skillet on a glass top stove?
The short answer is—yes.
One might, by name alone, be discouraged from really reveling in one of humanity’s great gastronomic pleasures. The main problem with cast iron skillets on glass top stoves is, of course, their weight.
Can you just tell me what to buy?
Don’t you fret, we’ve got a recommendation up our sleeve.
While it is true that a cast iron skillet can, in fact, damage the surface of a glass top stove, with the barest minimum in adaptation in design—as Cuisinal has accommodated for—the vast majority of that risk is easily mitigated.
It’s why their Cast Iron Skillet comes with a silicone hot handle holder. It’s all too easy for a cast-iron handle to surprise a cook with intense heat, causing you to quickly drop it in pain. Save your hand and your glass top stove by using the handle holder every time.
This model has a smooth finish to help provide even heat distribution for improved cooking and frying, even on grills, stoves, or induction cooktops. This also protects your surface by making sure it isn’t marred by a rough finish.
Other pros to purchasing a Cuisinal cast iron skillet:
- Durable enough to take with you. With it, you’ll have a clean, elegant, utensil at home, and if you travel or go camping, you have one of the most versatile tools in human history.
- It’s stylish. Avant-garde artists and rugged practical realists alike—and nigh everyone in between—swear by a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. And Cuisinal takes the guesswork out of that by preseasoning this unit to perfection.
- It comes with a fitted lid. Unlike many cast iron selections, this one comes with a brilliantly crafted tempered glass lid. (Which has to be superior to my method of using another pan.) It can be difficult to find a lid that fits some of the larger ones.
- It boosts your culinary prowess. Not only are they 100% oven safe, but baking in a cast iron skillet also provides even steady heat. This ensures your recipes will come out perfectly cooked through without running the risk of burning (unless of course, you don’t hear the oven timer. But that’s on you.).
- It doubles as a weapon. Mostly kidding on this one, but if Disney’s Rapunzel taught me anything it’s the damaging potential of a cast iron skillet.
3 Quick Tips for Minimizing Damage to Your Glass Top Stove
- Keep your cooktop clean, clean, clean! Wipe it off between cooking meals, especially if there have been spills. Leave no crumb on that delicate surface.
- Similarly, keep your cookware clean! It’s especially important to clean the bottom of your cast iron skillet. Otherwise, you may find yourself with stubborn marks left behind on your cooking surface that aren’t easy to get rid of.
- Take care when moving the cast iron skillet. Never slide, always lift (maybe even with both hands.)
Putting it all together
As far as longevity goes, you just can’t beat a cast iron skillet. My own is in like-new condition after seven years of regular use. From huge omelets, and flapjacks galore, to steaks, bacon, squash, sautés, sauces, and pizzas. That skillet has even been through two years at sea on a small sailing vessel and many pan-fried, wild-caught Skipjack. It now resides in its well-earned place on the burner position of honor (You know you have a favorite burner). You just have to treat them well, and like your new glass stove, it will just last and last.
And if you find that it’s just not for you, the Cuisinal one-year money-back guarantee means your total satisfaction is ensured.
So why not go for it, take a cast iron skillet out for a spin on that fancy glass top stove and wonder forevermore how you ever got along without it.
Need guidance on choosing other cookware for your glass top stove? We’ve got you covered here.