cast iron grill/griddle... multi-tasker??
Found a Lodge, 2-burner, grill/griddle at a yard sale a while back... maybe $2-3. Didn't NEED it... just WANTED it. It sat in its "storage" area (between washer and drier) along with baking sheets, until a week or so ago. Hadda pull them all out and noticed rust on bottom edge of CI. Sure it's from lack of use and proximity to washer?? Clean-up was easy enough. It has been living on top of my stove since then. I KNOW one of the things about getting the best use out of CI s to USE IT... and often. Well, I rarely need that kinda cooking area. Then had a brainstorm!?! Though I don't know for a fact, imagine that most flat-top cooking surfaces (diners, steak shops, etc) are just a slab of well used metal over a gas flame.
Since the grill/griddle has been on stove top, have cooked ON TOP of it in pots/pans a few times. Today had some shrimp I wanted to boil up. Just put pot with shrimp and hefty dose of Old Bay on top of griddle side and turned on gas. Was thinking I might have some smoke issues... but none. Wasn't fast... thinking CI acted like one of those "flame-tamer" trivet-y thingies. Know I'd have to do something crazy to remotely damage this slab-o-iron. Gonna alternate burners (rarely need all 4) and rotate/flip grill/griddle.