Questions about cookware made out of cast iron

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What does a healthy cast iron skillet look like?

I've read plenty about how to restore and season cast iron, but I have no clue whether any of the old cast iron I've inherited could benefit from this. Is healthy cast iron black? or should it be ...
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Is it possible to use casserole dish to make no-knead bread?

I don't own a heavy enamel pot, which seems to be the best for no-knead bread. Is it possible to make good no-knead bread in a glass casserole dish?
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Preheat or do not preheat an enameled cast-iron dutch oven?

I am ready to make a pot roast in an enameled cast-iron dutch oven. I know I should brown the meat on the stove before putting it in the oven. I have heard conflicting advice as to whether or not to ...
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Can I clean enameled cast iron with steel wool?

I've got a new enameled cast iron skillet that I've been cleaning with stainless steel wool along with a standard dish rag. It occurs to me that scratches in the enamel might eventually cause ...
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Is it safe to use a cast iron skillet over a chimney starter?

I want to pan-fry a burger tonight, but I don't want the smoke or smell in the house (we don't have a range hood, just an anemic exhaust fan that dates from the Truman administration). I considered ...
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Does cast iron have a coating from the manufacturer?

I have an old Wagner Ware cast iron skillet (marked as model 1056T; measures about 7 inches inside bottom). This was given to me by my grandmother. Where the handle meets the pan, you can see a ...