Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cast Iron

This old iron has served many purposes. I am sure many many years ago it was a helpful tool for the homemaker's job of ironing men's shirts.

I am so thankful for the conveniences of electricity that has made work light.

But that is not the story for today. Today, I wanted to share with you how WE use this old beat up iron.

I found this old iron about 20 years ago. It was a bit rusted up, so my hubby had it dipped so that the iron was like new again. I'm not sure what it was dipped into, but my hubby works with sheet metal and iron, so he knew how to make it look pretty.

One day while he was preparing some meat we could not find the meat pounder. So he grabbed this old iron, covered the meat with wax paper, and used it as a tenderizer. And that is how we have used it ever since.

A couple of nights ago, I needed to pound some chicken tenders for Cornflake Chicken.

The cast of characters -

Chicken tenders

after being pounded

I do not do much frying, but when we do, we use Coconut Oil

I cooked some thighs for my hubby

And here we are, ready to eat

Cornflake Chicken

Boneless Chicken breasts
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 cups crushed cornflakes
1/3 cup cooking oil

Pound chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper to an even 1/2" thickness.

Whisk together eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Crush cornflakes into a separate shallow bowl.

Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then into cornflakes (you can double dip into the egg and cornflakes for a crispier coating).

Fry chicken, turning once, until golden and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.


Allie said...

You are so clever, I would have used it for a doorstop, lol - and stubbed my toe a million times! The chicken looks so yummy!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I guess I've lacked imagination. I have two of those old iron and have only used them for bookends and doorstops--the latter was what we used them for when I was growing up.

Sonia said...

Awesome!! This made me and my husband smile. The next time I go flea marketing, I will have to remember this. :)

Barb said...

Clever re-purposing. I like it!
Have a good week
Barb from Australia

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Too funny. No I would never have thought of this one.
I see you also use coconut oil.
It's great for memory.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Too cute! Love the reinvention of your iron to tenderizer!

Happy VTT!

LV said...

I have one of these irons that belonged to my late family. However, it was never used far the purpose you did. I have it sitting on my fireplace.

Stitches said...

I also have one of those iron but not so decorative as yours..hmmm, next time I want to pound my chicken breasts, I'll have to remember and give it a try...

Ashley said...

Ha! I've seen these used for display, as door stoppers and as paper weights, but never as a chicken tenderizer!

Bunny Jean said...

How very clever of your husband. I worked great at flattening those chicken tenders. I am now ready for lunch...

xoxo Bunny Jean
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Joyce said...

Will be trying your recipe. Whats the difference with coconut oil?

Great use for an old iron too!

Gina said...

That's a pretty clever idea, not to mention that it's such a cool piece!

Sherry said...

How smart! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!