I love my cast iron pots and pans. They cook evenly and hold heat well. They are naturally non-stick too but sometimes they can be hard to clean. I'm not above using a small amount of soap in my pans, despite the rule that you should only use water, but even with some extra effort, sometimes the pans are just sticky. When that happens I throw them in the oven and leave them there until the next time I do any baking or roasting. A little time in the hot oven is all the pan needs to absorb any excess oil and when I pull it out it's smooth and happy once again. Easy-peasy, no scrubbing required.