Questions about cookware made out of cast iron

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How do I clean off bread stuck to a non-flat / patterened cast iron pan?

If this was a normal pan I'd be scraping it with a metal spatula right now, but it's a custom shaped pan (for making novelty shape bread/cupcakes). There are no flat spots, just a lot of grooves and ...
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Keeping steaks hot after cooking in a cast-iron pan

I have been using my cast-iron skillet for some time with good results. Essentially, I bring out the meat from the fridge with time so it gets at room temperature, then I heat up my pan until it ...
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What is a good way to cook Turkey Chops?

How should turkey chops be cooked so they are tasty? Is a cast iron pan needed or benefitial?
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What's the use of the hexagon bottom in braisers?

I have a few cast iron skillets and a dutch oven and I want to get an enamelled cast iron pan so that I won't have to worry about ruining the seasoning when using acidic sauces (tomatoes, lemon, etc). ...
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How to cook chicken cutlets in a cast-iron skillet

We want to cook healthy chicken cutlets and were wondering if the best is to use our cast-iron pan rather than a regular pan. Any advice on best practices for chicken cutlets cooked in cast-iron? ...
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Best practices to minimize smoke when cooking meat using a cast iron skillet

What are the recommendations to minimize the amount of smoke generated when cooking burgers, steaks or other meats in a cast-iron pan?
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Is a black coating dangerous when cooking on cast iron?

A lot of times when I use my cast iron pan, I'll sometimes get some "black stuff" which I assume is gristle on my food. It doesn't taste bad, it's not a "TON" - I'm assuming it's a combo of ...
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Rodent droppings on cast-iron frying pan

I recently discovered I have mice or rats in my garage, where I had some stuff stored for space purposes, including a barely-used newly-seasoned frying pan. I found a bunch of rodent droppings in it ...
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Seasoning Cast Iron Pan but without Using Bacon or Lard [duplicate]

I just purchaced a new cast iron pan, it is my first. I was wondering if there is a way to seaon it but without using bacon (I do not eat bacon for the same reasons Jules, in Pulp Fiction, does not ...
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Advice on use and care of Le Creuset cast iron skillet

Below is a picture of my current cast iron skillet from Le Creuset. As a relative cooking novice, could someone let me know if I have possibly damaged my pan, or if this is normal? I have a Le ...
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Is cast iron skillet suitable for vegans?

I have a cast iron skillet and one of the guests coming for dinner is vegan. Since cast iron is seasoned by all kinds of grease over time I wonder if this is suitable for vegans. I don't want to ...
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Cast iron pan has black residue on it

I have a small cast iron pan which I am working with, trying to make sure I understand seasoning/cleaning before moving on to a larger one. I seasoned with flaxseed oil (4 light coats, hour in the ...
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How do I remove a black residue after seasoning cast iron waffle maker

I just seasoned a cast iron waffle maker. It now has a black residue that is flakey in the thinner spots and somewhat sticky where it is thicker. Should I just bake it longer, start over again, or ...
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Homemade flour tortillas without cast iron

My wife and I love making things from scratch, but we're just starting out without a lot of equipment. We don't have a cast iron pan, especially because my wife has a neuromuscular disorder, so she ...
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Why should you scrub/clean cast iron cookware with salt?

I've seen this a number of times (for example here, or here at cooking.SE), and I do it at home, but I'd like to know for what reason salt is good for cleaning (cast) iron cookware. I know it's a ...
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How to prevent bread sticking to cast iron pan?

I have seasoned the bread pan, and generously apply oil before putting the dough in (note: I use no-knead method and let my bread rise in the pan, then put it straight into oven). The bread itself ...
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Enameled cast iron vs stainless steel for acids

Are enameled cast iron pans or stainless steel pans better for cooking with acids like tomatoes? I am wondering if I can use all cast iron/enameled cast iron pans, or if I need a stainless steel pan ...
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Are there any Oven only or Stove-Top only Cast Iron Recipes?

So im still an intro cook, and this really isn't lazyness more than curiosity... But every "pot roast" or "beef stew" aka "Rustic" recipe that you'd think would go in a cast iron pot is always seared ...
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Why are standard cast iron maintenance practices compatible with food safety?

How on earth is not washing a cast iron with soap not harmful? Since even if you wash it good with hot water and Salt, wouldn't there still be a possibility of harmful bacteria and such left in the ...
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Cast Iron to Fridge?

More of a safety question, but im a beginner cook and I made Chicken and Potatoes n Such in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven.....Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then put it in the fridge. Is this unsafe? ...
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My cooking pot keeps smoking

The cooking pot just keeps smoking when I put it on the element and I don't understand why because I used it on my moms stove before without any trouble. But when I put the temperature to MAX it ...
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How should I clean this mess at the bottom of my wok?

I've been using my wok for about a year now, and recently it's developed a kind of patina around the bottom of the cooking surface. I've tried to follow the care instructions as best I can, taking ...
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How to clean and maintain cast iron lids

I have a number of cast iron lids that fit skillets, dutch ovens, etc. Most have the little cone-shaped spikes on the underside to collect and return moisture to the food. I have no issues cleaning ...
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Does Spinach when cooked on bare cast iron turn black?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookware#Cast_iron In addition, some foods (such as spinach) cooked on bare cast iron will turn black. How true is that and why? Secondly, does it even apply to the ...
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How to know whether the default coating on the iron cookware has totally come off?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/29609/6168 But you can't season a pan "on top" of the wax coating. The real seasoning would stick to the wax, and when the wax melts, the seasoning will come ...
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Do all new cast iron pans and skillets have a protective coating on them, which must be removed?

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/CastIronPans.htm All new (not old cast iron cookware) cast iron pans and skillets have a protective coating on them, which must be removed. Is this ...
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How to season iron cookware on gas stove?

Often I hear that after applying oil on the cookware you need to bake it in the oven on a certain temperature. What precautions need to be taken if I intend to season the cookware on gas stove? ...
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Will I never be able to cook anything needing tomatoes in a seasoned cast iron Kadhai?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/5863/6168 If you put any acid in cast-iron, you are harming your seasoning, and leeching iron into your food. This will affect the taste of your sauces, I find ...
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how can I strip the surface from an iron alloy pan without harming the metal?

Got a Debuyer Mineral Element Pan for Christmas. It has a thin coating of bees wax. I thought it would be nifty to preseason the pan with flax oil and get an awesome surface on it before I started ...
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Moving cast iron from fridge to stove

I made a really big one-pot meal in a cast iron (enameled) dutch oven and I'm fairly lazy. So I take all the leftovers once cooled, slap the lid on, and put it in the fridge. The next day, it's time ...
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How to use a bottom concave ebelskiver (Æbleskiver) pan on a glass cook-top stove?

I've recently come in to a lovely cast iron ebelskiver pan (pictured below) and would like to try to make some ebelskivers. The problem is I don't have a gas range and I'm rather sure that my ...
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Baking with regular skillet vs. cast iron for apple pie

I have a recipe for apple pie I want to use. The recipe asks for a cast iron skillet. Can I use a regular skillet in the oven instead of the cast iron skillet?
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What is the difference between baking bread in a loaf pan made of stoneware vs metal vs iron cast?

Is there a significant difference between using a loaf pan made of this materials?
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Cleaning bacon in new cast iron

I have a new cast iron skillet. It came unseasoned, but I seasoned it using the flaxseed oil method that seems the new (recent?) hotness. When I then cook bacon in it some of the bacon is nailed to ...
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Copper/Bronze Frying Pans?

What are the downsides of using a copper or bronze frying pan as opposed to stainless steel or cast iron?
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Eating food from a slightly rusting cast iron dutch oven…is it safe?

I have a cast iron dutch oven. It has a self-basting lid, basically it has a grid of little cone shapes on the underside of the lid. The idea is that liquid condenses on underside of the lid and these ...
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Fixing Sticky Seasoning on Cast-Iron Pan

I screwed up the seasoning on my cast-iron pan. I forgot to flip it upside-down, so instead of that hard, smooth surface, it became sticky and gummy. Is it possible to repair by reheating it again, ...
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Is there a difference in the ease of seasoning cast iron, forged iron, and carbon steel?

I have a forged iron pan, and I used linseed oil to season it in the oven. The resulting seasoning peels in places. Also, it is not really non-stick, once food burns even a little, it is stuck to the ...
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Cast iron, forged iron or carbon steel pan for induction?

I need a new pan for non-stick applications (eggs) and I want to try using a well-seasoned iron or carbon steel one. I use an induction stove. Normally, the arguments I hear in favor of carbon steel ...
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Can I cook with fire?

In Japanese restaurants, I always see the chefs doing crazy things with fire, and seeming to make very good grilled vegetables by lighting things on fire. I know most of that is for show, and that the ...
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Should I polish a cast iron pan for use on a glass cooktop?

There was a question asked here about using cast iron on glass top ranges. In the responses, there was a link to an article about cast iron equipment. Here is a quote. There is also an almost ...
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Repairing the Seasoning on a Cast Iron Pan

I had some caked, hard burned substance (garlic, really, from steak) on my cast-iron pan. I tried cleaning it with a brush, and it didn't come off. So unfortunately, I put a bit of muscle into it, ...
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Could a cast iron skillet change its ways and be kosher for a vegan?

If this sounds like a ridiculously neurotic question, that's because it is. That said, and discussion aside, according to Par[e]ve kitchen certifications and ordinances around the world (and ...
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Is it normal that I keep burning my seasoning off my cast iron?

I use cast iron, a lot. But I've got a problem, whenever I do something that requires high heat or really anything over medium (which is somewhere around 450-500F on my stove according to my IR ...
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No oil on non-stick pans?

My boyfriend is convinced that a non-stick coating on a pan (Teflon, seasoned cast iron, eco-ceramic, what have you) is equivalent to eliminating the need for using any cooking oil whatsoever. Is ...
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What are preaseasoned cast iron pans preseasoned with?

I'm shopping for new pans right now and keep seeing cast iron advertized as "preseasoned". What does this mean? What are they preseasoning it with?
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Why reoil a cast-iron pan after usage?

I've been recommended to reoil my cast-iron pan by letting it absorb some oil on the remaining heat of the stove before drying it, each time after using it. Is it important to do so, and what ...
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Can I increase my iron intake by eating food cooked with cast iron?

Can I eat food cooked in cast iron to leach iron into the food? Is it a significant amount?
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How much could I safely heat a content-less cast-iron pan?

To which temperature could I safely heat my cast-iron pan on the stove, without any contents? I don't want to re-season it afterwards. Afterwards, I'd just let the pan cool off in room temperature. ...
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Do you season a cast iron waffle pan before using?

I just bought a cast iron waffle pan. I've seen conflicting advice about whether it should be seasoned. I have several old cast iron pans and my instinct would be to season it but I've also read that ...