I bought a mineral b carbon steel pan some time ago and I've cooked with it probably about +-20 times (pretty much use it for steaks). I've been religious about seasoning it after every use using the following method:

  • Rinse with hot water and wipe dry.
  • Put back on stove top and reheat and ensure completely dried through.
  • Wipe on a thin layer of flaxseed oil.

Here is a pic of my pan currently:

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Some questions I have:

  • Are the brown (rusty looking) areas quite normal? I'm certain it's not rust as I've taken a lot of care to prevent that, although if I smell closely it does have a slight rusty/metallic smell.
  • The only area of the pan that seems to develop some kind of patina is the center as you can see. How do I get that slick black finish over the entire pan? Will that just come from time & use or is my seasoning method incorrect?
  • The patina seems quite flaky...is this normal?

Thank you for any info/feedback provided.

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I have the same pan. Are you following the instructions that come with it?

  • The center is too burned.

  • Flaky is not good.

  • The border is not seasoned.

  • The border is not rusty.

Is your fire big enough for the pan?

You should clean the pan (thorough scrub with salt) and re-season. See this Q&A

  • Thanks. I've done the salt scrubbing and re-seasoned it a few times. It's looking a lot better :) Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 10:53

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