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Today, we're talking about the most perfect cookware material on Earth: Stainless steel. Before you smash that comment button, I want to make it clear that I'm not disparaging cast iron. I would never do such a thing.

My 30cm cast iron skillet is my very large, heavy son and I love him dearly (he turned 8 in July, thank you for asking). Here's the truth, though: Stainless steel is the only truly all-purpose cookware material you can buy, which is why I recommend it above all others.

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Applying a thin coat of oil to your cast iron after cleaning is an essential step to keeping it pretty and functional. There's nothing wrong with pouring it straight from the bottle, but you can over-pour and, if you don't fully wipe up the excess, end up with sticky residue.

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Video: Seasoning cast iron with flaxseed oil isn't super new -- Sheryl Canter first wrote about it on her blog seven years ago -- but it has some serious fans. Both Cook's Illustrated and The Kitchn are believers, with the former saying it created "a sheer, stick-resistant veneer, that even a run through our commercial dishwasher with a squirt of degreaser left them totally unscathed".

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There seems to be an endless variety of baking equipment out there and - if you have a small kitchen like I do - buying every single pan just isn't an option. I've let my lack of tart pan keep me from making tarts in the past, but no more; it turns out you can use a 23cm springform.