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When seasoning a cast-iron pan, should you let the oil smoke?

I've looked at seasoning guides online, and they all say that to season, you need to heat the pan to 350 degrees Farenheit. However, some oils have vastly different smoke points. If my oil starts ...
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Are there any research-backed sources on cast iron seasoning?

I've always seasoned my cast iron pans with vegetable oil because that was what I was taught. I'd done some research before, and even came across this StackExchange post on asking the best oil for the ...
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Can I start to cook on a cast iron pan while it's smoking?

I like to think that I have nailed the Maillard temperature on my stove. It's my go-to temperature for preheating tri-ply pans, as well as teflon-coated hard-anodized aluminum pans. After years of ...
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Are those skillets damaged? [duplicate]

I'm posting links to photos on Dropbox of 3 de Buyer skillets I own. They have been placed into the dishwasher over and over again against my advice unfortunately. I want to know if what I'm seeing on ...
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Do restaurants always cook chicken to 165F throughout when frying on cast iron? [closed]

I'm new to frying chicken. When I grill it, I use an instant thermometer to check the temperature and get it to an internal temp of 165. However. When trying this on a cast iron pan it gets way too ...
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Does burnt mark on cast iron crepe machine mean it’s ruined?

I have a Krampouz crepe machine made of cast iron. Someone rested what looks like a hot mug of tea on top of it, and now it has a dark brown burn patch. Does this mean it will no longer work, or is ...
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Keeping oil spray nozzle from clogging

An entire category of cooking oil sprayers seems to exist on the market. I intend to use such an oil sprayer to deposit a thin layer of oil on a cast iron pan before cooking (crepes, omelettes..). ...
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Ways for success on cast iron crepe pans without cooking spray

I get good results making crepes on non-stick pans. It's quite easy to flip a crepe, but it's hard to get the surface to be golden. The color remains closer to white, as you see in the picture above. ...
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What are the advantages of seasoned cast iron vs enameled cast iron?

I have a 10" Lodge skillet that I enjoy using, but would like a larger (~15") version for using stove top, on my BBQ (gas weber and big green egg), and in the oven as a large roasting pan. I'...
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How to avoid smoke during pan searing meat?

I've been cooking in my cast iron skillet on medium/medium high heat with olive oil. No matter what I cook, (chicken, fish, etc.) the oil and fat in the pan starts smoking long before the food is ...
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What am I doing wrong during the seasoning process of my cast iron skillet

I have read a lot of articles and watch several videos on how to season a cast-iron skillet. But the outcome I am getting is nothing like what I find online. My cast iron skillet comes out with ...
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Having difficulties seasoning my new cast iron pan due to the coarseness of the texture. Please help!

I just bought a new cast iron casserole pan that is only enameled on the outside. I tried seasoning it earlier today by pouring a tablespoon of flax seed oil on the inside and spreading it around with ...
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I bought a cast iron skillet and after washing it and then heating it I got a color like rust

I bought a cast iron skillet and after washing it and then heating it I got a color like rust from fire side After washing by Dishwashing soap I dry it by tissues, then heat it over a high ...
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How to remove an improper seasoning? [duplicate]

I bought the Ikea Vargaden iron skillet. The instructions said to season the pre-seasoned skillet with my oil of choice (i used canola oil) and heat it for a finish. I made the mistake of not wiping ...
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Seasoning of Cast Iron seems to be coming off? [duplicate]

I have 3 new Lodge cast iron pans I got from amazon. They seem to not be nonstick whatsoever and after cooking I see large patches of silver or what appears to be bare metal. They came pre-seasoned....
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Cast iron pan rusts during seasoning

I had a cast iron pan that I wanted to strip and reseason. I stripped it using the oven cleaner method and then I dried it in the oven at 200C. It got super rusty but I was able to get that all off ...
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Cast Iron Skillet Loses Seasoning After Cooking Chicken?

I season my cast Iron thoroughly until it is so slick it could sell a used car. However, whenever I cook chicken breast, I notice the seasoning comes off? No other foods do this. I can cook eggs ...
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Correct temperature and technique for frying in cast iron

I recently bought a cast-iron grill pan, in hopes to recreate the great taste of grilled salmon steaks I ate recently at a restaurant. Before trying it, I had received advice that I should let the ...
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Does smoke point affect max temp of patina

If I were to season a cast iron pan by rubbing it with olive oil(smoke point of 350F to 410F) and putting it in the oven for a while at 340F to create a patina, would I be able to later on use that ...
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What is this cast iron skillet used for?

I picked up some cast iron cookware from a thrift store. However, there is one piece I am not quite sure what its for. I think its for eggs - or rather a single egg... However, its very shallow ...
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Keeping food warm: Do double duty with heated dinner plate and enameled cast iron sizzle “charger” plate?

Will using both a heated dinner plate and an enameled cast iron sizzle plate as a charger (under the dinner plate) keep food warm for an appreciably longer time than simply heating the dinner plate or ...
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Cast iron cookware restoration

I recently purchased a cast iron corn stick pan that appears to have been spray varnished. How can I remove this varnish to use this cast iron pan safely?
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Can you butter-baste steak without a gas stove?

I'd love to try butter-basting a steak but the method involves tipping the skillet to one side so that you can scoop up the melted butter and pour it onto the steak. I have an electric stove and if I ...
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Can cast iron with non-metal components be seasoned?

I have a cast iron mortar and pestle, but only the interior is raw cast iron - the outside and part of the handle are enameled, and the majority of the handle is covered in some kind of hard rubber. ...
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Seasoning a forged iron pan / cast iron pan - Is there any research about the process?

I'm the proud owner of two forged iron pans (I'm using them on a regular basis). They kind of work out for everything I do, occasionally, food will stick to the surface, but it can quickly be pushed ...
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Seasoned Cast Iron NOT being Non-stick

I've seasoned my cast iron for about 6 times after I got it. It is a 10" Lodge skillet. I used flaxseed oil for seasoning the cast iron pan. Followed every step found on the web, thin layer, baked at ...
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Leaving empty cast iron pot on a gas stove

I left empty enameled cast iron pot on medium high flame on gas stove top for about half an hour to an hour. It was actually filled with water which should be brought to a boil but i forgot about it, ...
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Why does rapeseed oil turn sticky but coconut oil doesn't?

Whenever I season my cast iron pan with canola/rapeseed oil it turns sticky after a few weeks. It also gets sticky on the bottle and glues the cap on sometimes. When I season it with coconut oil, it ...
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Is it ok for a cast iron skillet to have small visible pores on their surface? [duplicate]

I just got my first cast iron skillet, it's brand new pre-seasoned. While I know cast iron is generally porous, I was surprised to see actual visible pores in there. Is it normal for cast iron ...
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How do I prevent burning when searing in batches?

Often, recipes require you to brown meat or pan sear meat. When working with large amounts, how do you prevent any of the bits that stick from burning? A practical example: I marinaded chicken breast ...
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Black flakes coming off cast iron after it was used in the oven [duplicate]

I put my Japanese made Snow Peak cast iron pots in the oven and they cam out full of black flakes. Even after i washed pots and water was running clear, paper towel was completely black after i dried ...
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Fighting flash rust on cast iron pans

I completely stripped the seasoning off of two pans with the intention to start the seasoning process over from scratch. One pan I had messed up the seasoning (skillet) and the other (sauce bowl) was ...
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Bought a new pre-seasoned cast iron and not sure if seasoning is good

Noob on cast iron skillets here. I've been in love with this type of cooking for a while and just bought yesterday on amazon my first skillet. It's not a Lodge but a Utopian Kitchen (Chinese ...
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How to recover a cast-iron pot?

I heated up a cast-iron pot in an oven and might have burnt the lid. Is it possible to restore it back to its formal glory?
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cooldown chemistry of seasoning cast iron with flaxseed

So I have started seasoning cookware with thin layers of flaxseed oil as per the advice from @sheryl_canter with simply outstanding results. Thank you Sheryl! I have a mountain of pans to process so I'...
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Paper towel gets completely dark after I wipe my Dutch oven [duplicate]

I bought Lodge cast iron dutch oven a few weeks ago. I didn't season it right away since I kept it in a dry closet. Last week seasoned it with pure almond oil (because I read it somewhere it's ...
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My iron tawa pan is flaking, how do I fix it? [duplicate]

I don't think my pan is cast iron which is why I am posting this here. I revived my cast iron pan and it performs beautifully. I use the cast iron pan for doas/pancakes. The iron pan is lighter but ...
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Benefits of a cleaned/seasoned cast iron

I just started using a cast iron that I got from a friend (I don't believe it has ever been cleaned/seasoned/any special treatment). So far, everything I've cooked in it (steak, fish) has come out ...
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What is this old “lemon-squeezer” shaped pan

We found this odd pan at the family's summer cottage. The cottage is in Central Finland, and used to be a croft before my grandfather bought it. This thing has been on the edge of the stove for a ...
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What material is best for cast iron handle covers?

I recently obtained* my first cast iron skillet with a lid. I cleaned it up, seasoned it and am so far happy with the cooking results. However, it has rapidly become obvious that I need some kind of ...
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Should an enameled cast iron pan be seasoned?

Should I season my Michael Symon Home enameled cast iron frying pan?
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My once black cast iron skillet is now dark silver on the inside. Have I ruined it?

the bottom of my pan is now a dark silver instead of black. the inside sides of the pan is still black. I used brillo pads to clean it and now I fear I have ruin this pan as well as another that ...
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Blotches on my cast iron pan

I am seeing blotches on my cast iron pan. Are these just water stains after the pan has been dried by heating on the stove top? Or do I need to season my pan more?
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bird poop on cast iron dutch oven

We have a very large cast iron dutch oven which can not fit into our house oven. Have not used it for 4 years and has not moved from our potting shed, in wanting to utilize it it has been pooped on by ...
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Pinholes in new cast iron pan

I just received my new cast-iron skillet and noticed two little pinholes (1-2mm) in the inside bottom of the pan (see pic below). As I live outside the USA, it is a hassle getting it returned and ...
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Can I save the seasoning on my cast iron skillet or do I need to strip it and start anew?

I have a Lodge 12" cast iron skillet that I have been cooking in almost every night for about 6 months. I recently scrubbed a little to hard and created a "bald" spot into he middle of my pan. I ...
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How is my cast iron wok manufactured?

I recently purchased a cast iron wok made in China. It is manufactured in a way that is supposedly very common in China. However, I'm puzzled by the differences between this cast iron wok and other ...
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Ruined My Pre-Season Cast Iron Pan- Help!

I bought a cast iron pan, and did not realize it had been preseasoned (this is my first one!). I washed with soap and hot water and thoroughly dried it, then coated with thin layer of vegetable oil ...
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Reseasoning Cast Iron

I just stumbled on the site while searching for an answer. I'm hoping one of you can provide an answer. I bought a brand new pan that is factory seasoned and I didn't strip it off. I used vegetable ...
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How to treat a cast iron pan that only gets occasional use

I have a small cast-iron pan that I use a few times a month, sometimes more, sometimes less. Most advice about how to season a cast-iron pan involves lightly oiling and wiping it down, after it's been ...

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