Cast iron will never be regifted. Here are four reaons you need to put it on your bridal registry.

By Patricia S York
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Choosing items for your bridal registry can be a fun, if not challenging, endeavor. If you and your fiancée are setting up household with little more than mismatched dinnerware and tattered dorm-room furniture, you will definitely want to register for a nice set of everyday dishes, towels, linens, etc. If either, or both, of you have been out on your own for a while and already have the basics, creating a bridal registry will give you a chance to upgrade some items, choose better quality cookware, for instance. The online wedding registry site Zola recently revealed its list of most popular gift choices of the year, a list that includes vacuum cleaners, slow cookers, waffle irons, and even a blue tooth speaker for your shower. But one of the top items in the list reveals that brides all over the country are discovering what Southern brides knew long before registries were even in vogue. Cast iron skillets are hot. It's true – this heavy black item usually found on Grandma's stovetop or shoved to the back of shelves at thrift stores is one of the most requested items on bridal registries today. Here are four reasons you should add a cast iron skillet to your wedding registry.


This thing is made of iron, ya'll. You can't crack it, scratch it, or twist it out of shape. You can let it rust but, even then, it cleans up real nice with just a little TLC. A cast iron skillet will take any abuse you can dish out and still last forever, so if you and your intended have a prenup, you might want to decide right now on who gets the cast iron.

It Can Take the Heat

All pots and pans have heat tolerance levels, and even the best stainless steel cookware should not get hotter than 450-500 degrees in an oven. But a cast iron skillet is drawn to the fire, and the hotter the better. You can even nestle a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven in the hot coals of a fire and be assured that your food will be cooked to perfection. Use cast iron on the stovetop, in the oven, on the grill, or on an open fire – this is one item that truly gets better with use and age.

It Works Hard For The Money

From Dave Ramsey to Suze Orman, financial wizards agree on one thing: a cast iron skillet is a seriously good investment. Nothing else on your wedding registry will last as long and give you as much service as a cast iron skillet. Your Kitchen-Aid mixer might run a close second but, even then, you will eventually have to replace some attachments and that dependable motor might burn out after 30 years of mixing pound cakes.

It Is (Almost) The Only Pan You Need

First homes, and especially kitchens, are often small with limited storage space. Because cast iron is so versatile and you can cook almost anything in it, you don't need a lot of other pans taking up valuable cabinet space. When your family comes over to visit your new home, bake up a delicious apple pie or a pan of cornbread in your new skillet: your grandmother will beam with pride, remembering how she taught you to cook when you were a child. Venture beyond the realm of the traditional, however, and try one (or all) of these delicious recipes for main dish, appetizer, and desserts, all cooked in the hard-working, multi-tasking cast iron skillet.

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If your mom isn't quite ready to give you her heirloom skillet, go ahead and start your own collection. A 10-inch or 12-inch skillet is a great choice to add to your wedding registry.