Questions about cookware made out of cast iron

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Stripping seasoning from cast iron

After reading this article, I want to try to re-season a skillet with flaxseed oil; I'm fairly certain I did a terrible job when I seasoned the skillet several years ago. Is it possible to do this ...
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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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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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How do you keep ebelskivers from sticking?

My sister bought me a cast iron ebelskiver pan, and I've not had much luck with each of the batches I've tried. They always burn or stick. I'm hopeful someone might have a tried-and-true technique ...
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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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Left my cast iron on the hot burner, now what?

So the other day, while baking off excess water after washing, I spaced out and forgot it was there and headed upstairs for say, an hour. When I got back down the pan had a white-ish ring in the ...
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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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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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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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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 causes sticking and what can I do to reduce food sticking to my cast-iron skillet?

I enjoy using my cast-iron skillet, but how can I minimize the amount of food that sticks to it while cooking? I apply oil after cleaning, and for the most part, I only clean it with hot water and a ...
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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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Wok: Carbon steel or cast iron?

I LOVE stirfrying (I probably do it 4 times a week) and I want to take it to the next level (or 2). I am going to get this burner to cook my stirfry's out on the patio. I am wondering if I should ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Is it safe to cook wine or vinegar in cast iron?

I want to cook a beef brisket, following a recipe that suggests baking it on a bed of onions and red wine, or red wine vinegar. I'd like to use a cast iron dutch oven, but am concerned about the ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the purpose of using potato peels for seasoning a cast iron pan?

My first ever cast iron pan just arrived. The package contains following seasoning directions. Wash with clothes detergent (not soap or dish detergent) to remove the rust protection coating. ...
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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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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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Can I deep fry in my Le Creuset dutch oven?

It's an enameled cast iron dutch oven. Just wondering if I could take off enamel by deep frying in it.
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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 ...
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Keeping food warm: does cast iron make a suitable potluck vessel?

I'm making this hash recipe for a potluck at work tomorrow. Tonight I did all my prep: Peeled, diced, roasted the sweet potatoes Diced the onion Diced the apples (stored in water w/lemon juice) ...
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Is it safe to deglace a cast-iron pan?

I've heard that pouring a cold liquid into a very hot cast-iron pan can destroy it (because it's more brittle than a steel pan for instance). Is that true or do most of you deglace in cast-iron pans ...
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Can deglazing a cast iron skillet remove the seasoning?

I would love to combine two of the best things in cooking, deglazing with a fonds or wine and my cast iron skillet, which I have been seasoning for a couple of months now. My concern is that the ...
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Why do I need to cook milk in a cast iron pan before first usage?

I bought a cast iron grill pan from a famous Swedish four letter store. And they suggest to boil milk with some vegetal oil before starting to use the grill. Why is this necessary, and what ...
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cast iron pan rusting on bottom surface

I have a great cast iron skillet that I use frequently and also take superb care of. Until I noticed the bottom is coated in rust. I believe the high heat that I use from the range top cooked off all ...
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What to do with a Sizzler?

We were gifted a Sizzler yesterday - a sort of elongated shallow cast-iron pan on a wood base for serving and keeping warm at the table. I know these are supposed to be for helping things caramelise, ...
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What is the purpose of seasoning a skillet?

I've seen a couple questions on how to season a skillet, and this may be a dumb question, but why do you season a skillet? Does it impart flavor onto the food? For how long? (which I guess is one ...