The beauty of a cast iron griddle is that it can be used for just about any cooking task. Cooking on cast iron griddles and cast iron skillets is perfect for searing a filet, frying chicken or frying potatoes and stir-frying vegetables. Most bare cast iron pots and pans are cast from a single piece of metal in order to provide even distribution of heat. This quality allows most bare cast iron pans to serve as dual-purpose stovetop fryers and oven baking dishes. Many recipes call for the use of a cast iron skillet or pot, especially so that the dish can be initially seared or fried on the stovetop then transferred into the oven, pan and all, to finish baking. A well-seasoned cast iron pan will only get better with age, and will last you for a lifetime. Professional chefs consider cast iron cookware to be precision cooking tools, as these dependable pans enable precise control of cooking temperatures. Their heat retention qualities allow for even cooking temperature without hot spots.