Cast Iron Pans Cast iron pan owners swear by them for their even dispersal of heat and non stick nature. However, iron is not as happy go lucky as other metals. Initially, the pan must be seasoned with vegetable oil in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least an hour. Each time you heat the pan with oil, it will season till it obtains a beautiful dark color. Don't wash off the black patina thinking it is dirty. In fact, never use soap or scour the pan or you will remove the essence of the pan. Dry your iron pan on the stove with medium heat but watch it so it doesn't burn.
My Favorite Pan My favorite pan is a twenty dollar cast iron pan. I remember vividly how my step-father coveted his iron pan and warned us about not using soap to clean it. Seasoned and maintained properly, an iron pan can last forever. It is better than any non stick pan and far more durable. It's thick base holds heat better than any pan in my arsenal and prevents food from burning by dispersing the heat.
I don't drink a lot of porters or stouts, but when I do, this is one of my favorites. Infused with coffee and vanilla, this porter is heavy on coffee with notes of vanilla to brighten your taste buds. The coffee is aggressive so it's not for everyone. You will taste bitter but also sweetness. In fact, there are so many different flavors in this porter at different times during the trip from lips to stomach that I found myself enjoying the journey with every sip. Still, I think a 22oz bottle is better to enjoy with friends as this beer can be a bit overpowering.