|My Cast Iron Cow Trivet|
I have cooked with a cast iron skillet for as long as I can remember. I use a cast iron trivet, which I have also had for as long as I can remember, to protect my counter top from the extremely hot and heavy skillet. However, I recently purchased a cast iron dutch oven for baking bread. I immediately realized that I needed a second cast iron trivet for my new dutch oven's lid which is equally as hot and heavy as the pot itself.
I happened to be exploring an antique store a few weeks ago when I came across an adorable dog cast iron trivet finished just like my cow trivet. Well, of course, I had to have that! The dog trivet had a hanger on it which gives it a dual purpose. It is also kitchen decor. Yes, I can hang it right on my wall where it will be very convenient and easy to find when needed.
After I got home, I looked at my long time friend, the cow cast iron trivet. I couldn't believe it! She has a hole for hanging too that I never noticed before. It was pretty exciting to discover that my pretty cow can also be displayed.
Using functional cast iron trivets as "pictures". I love it!
Functional Beauty of Cast Iron Trivets
Unlike many current day trivets that sit flat on a counter top, my cast iron trivets are raised on feet. That allows the pot or skillet to cool from the bottom as well as the top and sides while protecting my counters from the intense heat. Since they are also made of cast iron, they are perfectly designed for the weight of cast iron cookware.
Features of the Cast Iron Trivets
|My Newly Acquired Puppy Cast Iron Trivet|
- Protective rubber feet to protect walls or counter tops
- Strong enough to hold heavy skillets, pots & pans
- Tolerates heat from hot pan without sustaining damage
- Available in a variety of designs
My trivets are bronze, clearly from an era when brass was prominent in home decor. New cast iron trivets are most often black, which match the standard cast iron cookware. However, there are a few available that are painted like the rooster trivet shown below.
Now, if I only had more wall space in my kitchen, I could have a whole barnyard of animal trivets surrounding me.
Antique Cast Iron Trivets
If you prefer the bronze or antique trivets, Ebay is the perfect source. Keep it mind, if you don't see one you love on Ebay today (linked for easy access), you just might see one tomorrow. Items on Ebay change constantly thanks to the vast numbers of sellers on the site.
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