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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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After full reseasoning of my cast iron, eggs are still sticking

Hey there Cast Iron pros, I've liked my cast iron but it hasn't been very non-stick. When making eggs, even with oil and a good hot heat before adding to pan, eggs will stick to the pan. I'm hoping ...
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Attempted to season my new cast iron pan and was left with a ring

Is my pan ruined? I coated it evenly with vegetable oil, put it on low to medium heat, came back after about 20 and the centre where the now circle is was dry and the oil was around the dry circle. I ...
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Serious buildup outside of cast iron skillet

I recently was given an old family cast iron skillet and noticed that the outside of it had serious buildup. Basically I can take my fingernail and lift several, thick, black pieces off. The inside of ...
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Will seasoning cast iron skillet with vegetable oil leave trans fats?

I've read that when I buy a cast iron skillet I need to "season" it with any vegetable oil, or buy from a company that has already done this process, i.e cooking the vegetable oil at really high ...
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Cast iron skillet iron leakage [closed]

I want to buy a cast iron skillet but I'm very wary of health hazards. I will use it every day to cook meat, eggs and other regular food. Is there any evidence that this usage of a cast iron will leak ...
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Cast Iron Skillet / Pan stains

I just bought a new lodge cast iron skillet today and used it to cook a Japanese Waghu A5 10+ BMS Ribeye... was worth the hype, yummy. I washed the Skillet with hot water and salt and then heated it ...
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I have left my cast iron pan on the heat for 2 1/2 hrs. How do I stop the release of black on paper towel and when first cooked onions? [duplicate]

I left my empty cast iron pan on the stove top for 2 1/2 hrs. My problem is not a rusty residue, but black that continues to wipe off. What can I do? I have washed with steel wool, rinsed well, but ...
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How to recover cast iron skillet with melted fiber on it

So I decided to try seasoning my cast iron skillet in the oven. After a few hours I made the mistake of thinking I could take it out and look at it with some pot holders. It turns out pot holders than ...
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The more I season, the worse it gets with my cast iron [duplicate]

Recently, I bought a cast iron skillet, which was preseasoned. Still, I did season it a couple of times and since then I season it after every cook. I didn't cook anything crazy, just a dutch baby and ...
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Can a cast-iron casserole be used for steaming?

I just got my first cast-iron cookware -- a 2.5qt casserole (similar to the Le Creuset ones, but a fair bit cheaper). I understand that cast-iron cookware has some caveats regarding cleaning and ...
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Best practices for seasoning cast iron, currently getting mild food poisoning

I have been cooking with my two cast iron pans for quite some time now. Tracking the occurrence of when my wife and I have tummy trouble leads me to believe that my seasoning of the pans is not ...
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Cast Iron Skillet with Lid Rusted togethe

I want to use my mom's cast iron skillet which she used primarily for frying chicken but the lid is sealed/rusted/won't come off from the skillet. How can I get this lid off without breaking it?
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Does using a heavy based cook pot stop things from burning on the bottom?

I cook things in a pan on the hob, sometimes for an hour or two, and end up with a thick black layer on the bottom. If I used a cast iron pot, would that still happen?
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Lodge Dutch Oven seasoning fail (My first cast iron experience)

I bought this. It was a little rusty. I cleaned the rust with salt. I wanted to remove preseasoning but I don't have requirements for that process. Washed the dutch oven with soap and cold water. ...
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Is it really necessary to avoid using soap on a cast iron skillet?

Hello Seasoned Adviced community! When talking about cast iron skillets, it is common to hear the advice "don't ever use soap to wash the skillet." However, I rarely hear specific reasons for why it ...
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Scale build up on outside of cast iron skillet

I have an old used cast iron skillet that is good on the inside but it has build up lumps on the outside. How do I get that off?
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How do I fix improperly seasoned cast iron pans?

I'm quite new to cooking as a whole. A few months back I bought a set of VonShef cast iron pans. When seasoning them, I unfortunately made two errors. First, in my naïveté, I used vegetable oil as ...
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Why did rust appear after my first layer of seasoning?

I have a brand new, unseasoned, cast iron dutch oven and an older cast iron skillet. I wanted to prep both for some upcoming camping trips. I found online that flaxseed oil seemed to be the best ...
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Does seasoned cast iron still need to be oven dried?

I have a new, twice-seasoned (to 250C), (non-enameled) cast iron pan. Does the seasoning/coating remove the need to have it oven dried at the end of the day? Or it still has to be done no matter the ...
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Suitable oils for roasting chicken at high temperature in cast iron

Over the last several years I've been perfecting my roast chicken recipe, starting with Arthur Schwartz' Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Roast Chicken recipe. The basic approach I now use involves ...
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“preseasoned” cast iron pot colors my broth

I recently bought a certain "light cast iron" that looks like a wok. Cooking on induction, it seemed to give my pork broth a black tinge. Broth was fine, but there was certainly something from the pan....
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Is there a way to un warp a pan bottom? [duplicate]

I have recently moved into a new home, and for now, I'm stuck with a horrible electric glass top stove. My old place had a gas stove with a continuous grate across the cooking surface. All my pans ...
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cast iron skillet

I put my cast iron skillet on the stove top , turned up the heat slowly then turning it up high , when I removed the pan, I obseverd a ring/mark the size of my glass top burner almost like a burn mark ...
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Is not using soap when washing cast iron pans safe? [duplicate]

Most advice on cast iron pan care says that most of the time you shouldn't use soap when washing a pan. However, that may leave some residual fat/grease from your cooking on the pan. It can be fat/...
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do flavors transfer?

I brought out my old cast iron pan and scrubbed it with salt and seasoned it yesterday. I have used it in the past for a few things but not much. I want to start using it on a regular basis. ...
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Skillet rust (?) and next steps with regard to seasoning

Yesterday, I got a cast-iron skillet, and the first thing I did was try to season it. I washed it vigorously with soap and water, then rinsed it for several minutes. After drying it with a paper ...
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Does there exist a non-rust substitute for an iron-cast pan?

I recently bought a new cast-iron pan and I am enjoying very much the upgrade in the quality of my food. As I understand it, the reason why food cooked in an cast-iron pan tastes better is that the ...
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Cast iron moisture on inside top

Why does my top of my cast iron oval roaster pan have rust areas when I use it to bake things in the oven. It looks to be very well seasoned but the moisture collects on the inside of the top and ...
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non-rusting sauce pot for boiling water

I am trying to find a way to boil 1-2 quarts of water for 10 minutes and want to be absolutely sure that the pot doesn't leak any chemicals into the water. I have tried 3 stainless steel sauce pots ...
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Does Lodge A-SPRAY provide any useful benefit over canola oil spray or bottled canola oil?

I know there are many oils that can be recommended/used for seasoning a cast iron. Recently I ran across Lodge A-SPRAY Seasoning Spray which is described as 100% canola oil. I am confused why this is ...
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Why doesn't chainmail ruin a cast iron's seasoning but metal scouring pad will?

I've often seen small swatches of stainless steel chainmail sold for the purpose of cleaning a cast iron pan. How is that this does not scratch/ruin my cast iron's seasoning, when a metal scouring pad ...
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New cast iron skillet came out rusty after seasoning

After looking them up for a long time, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a cast iron skillet. After it arrived, I cleaned it in hot soapy water and scoured it, to remove the wax coating, ...
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Can I season a cast iron pan on a charcoal grill?

Every time I attempt to season my cast iron pan in my oven, it sets off the fire alarm in my house! My battalion of fans just isn't working. Can I season my pan on a charcoal grill? Is it better to ...
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Help with seasoning cast iron wok [duplicate]

I recently bought a cast iron wok and attempted to season twice. The first time i seasoned it i think i overheated the wok and it started to smoke when i added oil and some shiny black stains which ...
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Is convex surface normal in cast iron skillet?

I am new to cast iron skillet. I have cooked with it several times and found the Lodge 12" cast iron skillet has a convex surface which is not observable unless you pour oil on it. When I cook, the ...
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How to clean up after a grease fire?

So I was about to sear some steaks in my trusty cast iron skillet tonight, when upon pouring a couple tablespoons of avocado oil, it burst into flames. Having read about how to put out grease fires, I ...
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Are trace amounts of lead in seasoned bakeware safe?

I want to order a custom-cut steel plate to use like baking steel in the oven, and I read that in common raw steels the trace amount of lead can get up to 0.36%. If I season the steel like I would ...