Cast Iron or Wrought Iron

Using Cast Iron at Bloomsbury Inn

Cast iron is a regular sight in the breakfast service of  Bloomsbury Inn.  Quiet often guests  see biscuits in Grandmother Sallie Rose’s iron skillets, or a breakfast medley with a poached egg in individual iron skillets.

In the South, we just take for granted the use of cast iron cooking resources.  They’ve always been there:

  • We know how to cook in them.
  • We know how to clean them.
  • We know how to season them.
  • We know how to restore them.
  • We know how to pass them down for future generations to enjoy.
  • And, we even have a fixation with collecting them!

However, most of us spend very little time thinking about them.

Restoring Cast Iron

When we have some that are beyond our home remedies, we know they can be restored.  I recently had a few pieces professionally restored by the President of Sales of BuzzyWaxx, LLC.  It is amazing what magic Casey can work on some of the worst pieces of cast iron:

Collection of four pieces of restored cast iron: kettle, roaster, cornbread flat and a wrought iron skillet Newly restored cast iron kettle Bottom half of a cast iron roaster

A few years back, my Sister gave me an old, rusty skillet that had great character.  I’d never done anything with it as it was beyond my DIY skillset.

Wrought Iron Handle Wrought Iron Skillet

Cast Iron vs Wrought Iron

Come to find out the piece is wrought iron and not cast iron, very likely early 1800s.  It may have been a little challenging for Casey, but he saved this historic piece.

I certainly do not want curiosity to kill the old cat, Miss Kitty Stray, the InnCat at Bloomsbury, so I decided to do a little self-educating.   As we all know, everything on the internet is true!  Cast iron vs wrought iron:

“Actually, the basic distinction between the two is simple: Cast iron is iron that has been melted, poured into a mold, and allowed to cool. Wrought iron is iron that has been heated and then worked with tools,” wrote Machine Design.  OK, it isn’t that simple as many of the articles I read discussed the composites of the iron, the alloys, the shaping temperatures, yada…yada…yada.

Iron in Quaker Cemetery

For those of you who love visuals, following a gourmet breakfast at Bloomsbury, visit the Quaker Cemetery in Camden SC.  It displays so many beautiful iron adornments, gates and fences. The cemetery dates back to the mid-1700s, and features many famous grave sites, including three US Medal of Honorees.  The old trees, fauna and flora, wildlife and history make it a must visit.

Square iron fence post in Camden SC Iron Work Detail of a beautiful floral arch. Iron Gate opening into a specific grave plot site at Quaker Cemetery

The next time you see or handle a piece of cast iron, remember you should book direct with Bloomsbury Inn so you can experience biscuits from Grandmother’s iron skillet and slowly meander in an amazing cemetery park full of wrought iron.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Bruce and katherine

PS…TripAdvisor just ranked Bloomsbury Inn in the top 1 % of all bed and breakfasts in the United States.