Questions about cookware made out of cast iron

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how to cook nondescript venison in a cast iron pot so its tender?

Imagine you bought a piece of venison (unknown which part of the body, and exact species unknown, but probably red deer), and I have only a Le Creuset cast iron pot to prepare it. What would be the ...
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Pan sauce without meat

I like pan sauces with my chicken or beef, but prefer the meat cooked over cast iron. Pan sauces apparently don't work well in cast iron, and should be done in a stainless steel saute pan. How can I ...
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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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Should i oil my cast iron pan before storage?

So, for our wedding someone gave my wife and a cast iron lodge pan. Its a very nice pan and cooks well, but it's started to develop a rust spot after only a few months use. This is gross. I scrub the ...
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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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New cast iron has gotten strange color

i just got my first iron cast. I went to remove the wax and i am now in the middle of seasoning it. So far it has gotten oil and 200 C at 1 hour, two times, and it now has a color i find strange. It ...
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Can an enameled dutch oven be used for stir frying?

I want to use a KitchenAid enameled cast iron dutch oven for stir frying Asian style. Are there any issues with using it for stir frying? I am a cooking newbie, and want to find healthy cooking ...
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What do I have to worry about when using a cast iron skillet as opposed to nonstick?

This was originally part of this question about usage of stainless steel and cast iron skillets, but I was advised to split it into two different questions. I've been using nonstick pans ...
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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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Is it still possible to make cast iron skillets as good as the old ones?

You always hear people talk about old cast iron vs. new cast iron: the old stuff is lighter, smoother, and generally better, while the new stuff is heavy, pebbled, and generally a poor imitation of ...
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Do induction cookers increase risk of cracking cast iron?

I recently purchased a counter-top, one element 1800W induction cooker, mostly just to see how well the technology worked compared to my gas range. I took it out of the box and immediately threw ...
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How do I clean my cast iron grill pan?

I'm recently the proud new owner of what I appears to be a Le Creuset "Skinny Grill" which is an enameled cast iron grill pan. I fairly new to cast iron but I'm accustomed to the no-soap cleanup and ...
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Why did my attempt at pan-searing beef filets fail miserably?

Background: I am very much an amateur cook; I would consider myself a novice at best, so pardon my ignorance! I decided to try to cook a nice dinner for my family recently. Part of that dinner ...
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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 burnt+...
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Cooking chicken breasts in Buffalo sauce, cast iron

I really like to cook chicken in my cast iron skillet and I cook it down with butter and Texas Pete Sauce (my mother does the same, but in Teflon). My issue is that it takes about 20 minutes to cook ...
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Using cast iron on a glass range

I currently rent, and the only problem I have with the house we're in is that it has a glass-top range. I absolutely love my cast iron cookware, and use it as often as possible. I've heard a few ...
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Getting a cast iron skillet surface smooth

I've had a Lodge cast iron skillet for about a year. A few months after I bought it I seasoned it with too much oil (I learnt later) and the surface developed some 'bubbles' that later started flaking....
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Cooking eggs on cast iron

When making scrambled eggs in my cast iron skillet, I find the eggs look "grimey" after they are cooked like the seasoning is coming off. Am I not cleaning the pan correctly? Does it need to be ...
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When making soda bread, 45 min on baking sheet or 15 min on cast iron skillet?

I am looking at these two recipes for making Irish soda bread: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/213830/brennans-irish-soda-bread http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51447/irish-soda-bread-in-a-skillet/ They ...
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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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Can you bake cornbread in enameled cast iron?

I would really like to make a cornbread recipe, but I don't have a cast iron skillet. Could I bake it in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven without the lid and get a good result? If not, could a muffin ...
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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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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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Seasoning new cast iron cookware [duplicate]

I am a neophyte cook (and a guy). I bought some cast iron cookware in the hope of taking it camping. It seems that it must be seasoned before use. I looked on-line and followed the directions. Not ...
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is Le creuset pan 22 cms enamelled or not [duplicate]

I bought an old pan on ebay and I wish to know if it is enamelled or raw. Inside of pan has a black layer and a spot patch 6 by 3 cms of different layernature. How do I find out out if pan is raw cast ...
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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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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 I fix a cast iron pot that was heated empty for hours?

I left my cast iron pot on the gas stove, on high flame, and then forgot about it for 3 hours. It was empty and I was drying it before I oiled it to store it. After I discovered it and let it cool, I ...
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What is the function of this shallow, 19-divoted, eared cast iron piece?

This piece was given to me a few years back by someone who picked it up at an estate sale. At the time I cleaned it up, re-seasoned it, and promptly forgot about it. At first blush I thought maybe it ...
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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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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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Refinishing Griswold No. 8 waffle iron handles

I'm in the process of restoring a badly neglected Griswold No. 8 waffle iron (885 886 if it makes any difference). I've got all of the cast iron parts stripped down and re-seasoned and just started ...
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How to re-season only the “high” sides of a cast-iron pan

I read most of the already existing threads about seasoning a cast-iron pan, but non quite covers my weird case. The thing is, this pan I got seems to be seasoned well enough (could probably use more) ...
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How do I recover from overheating my cast-iron skillet?

This morning, as with many, I let my skillet dry by leaving it on the burner. Unfortunately, my attention was drawn away and I forgot to take it off the burner! Of course, the moment I noticed, I ...
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My cast iron has become flaky, did I damage it?

So I am quite new to this cast iron thing. After few uses I tried to clean it with kosher salt. Now some parts of it look like it's all flaky, as if the layer will come off if I scratch it with my ...
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Can I bake bread in a cast iron Dutch oven with the lid on, or should I use tin foil instead?

I have a Cuisinart cast iron enamelware dutch oven that I purchased recently to bake bread in the oven. I am supposed to bake at 450 degrees. The pot states it can be baked up to 500 degrees, ...
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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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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 oil is best for seasoning a cast-iron skillet

I just cleaned up a rusty cast-iron skillet and I would like to season it. The thing is that I don't have lard handy and I'm wondering whether any of my other oils and fats would do. I have: canola, ...
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How do I cover up the white spots on my cast iron stove?

My friends brought me a paper bag full of peaches. I set the bag on my fisher cast iron stove, and I forgot about them. Lastnight, I picked up the bag to find the peach juice has bled through the ...
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what is the best oil/fat to use to season a cast iron skillet [duplicate]

What is best oil/fat for seasoning cast iron cookware? I've read veg oils, lard, combinations of oil/fat types. Anyone out there help?!
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Old oil on cast iron Dutch oven

I have a Dutch oven that remained in storage for about three years. Apparently I covered it with oil prior to the storing. Now,it has that old oil smell to it that I can't get of. Any advice on how ...
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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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Cookware, copper or cast iron or just buy the right tool for the job?

I'm thinking of replacing my motley collection of cheap non-stick and bargain basement steel pots and pans. I'm considering either replacing with cast iron (Le Creuset is probably the best known of ...
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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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Can I use cast iron on a hot plate?

I'm Jewish and need to keep foods heated during the Sabbath and holidays. I am thinking of getting 2, 5 quart cast iron dutch ovens for this purpose. Is cast iron a good choice for to keeping foods ...
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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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Deglaze in iron pan

I know the pan will not suffer for just a glass of wine, but wine is acid, and I know I shouldn't use any acid into it. Also, water is not advisable in a frying iron pan. Can this remove the ...
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Stir-fry pan choices

We like to make stir-fry occasionally, and we do so currently in a medium-sized stainless steel wok over a gas burner (but, a regular one, nothing that is super-stir-fry powered). It's a pretty good ...