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Questions about cookware made out of cast iron

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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 ...
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Very moldy cast iron cookware - what's the best way to clean it?

Returning home after using cast iron cookware on a camping trip, I forgot to clean the cast iron in the midst of much unpacking and other matters. As a result of A) leaving any cookware with food in ...
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How to season a giant cast iron cider press?

How do I season an antique cast iron cider press that I just bought? It is substantially bigger than any stove, oven, or grill that I own, at about 48" diameter. I'd consider other food-safe finishes ...
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How to stop spices burning when browning meat?

I was browning seasoned chunks of lamb in a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and found that by the end there was a large mass of oily black spice mixture in the bottom of the pan.
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Cleaning my cast iron from exploded battery and plastic

I am a baker and just moved houses. I used my cast iron to hold my electronic scale, which is made of plastic and had batteries in it, and without checking put the whole container into the oven at 450....
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Why season the bottom or handle of a cast iron / carbon steel pan?

I hear a lot of advice to season the entire pan, including the handle and bottom of the pan along with the inside. Is this really necessary, and if so, what purpose does it provide?
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Is cast iron cookware from China safe?

I recently purchased a cast iron bread pan, and didn't see that it was made in China on the Amazon sales page. Oops. I saw it on the box and haven't opened it yet. I know there is a lot of concern ...
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Cast Iron and Smoke

I've had my cast iron for several weeks now and have been able to cook with it about 10 times. The problem is, the amount of smoke, and timing of it, have me thinking I'm doing something wrong... I ...
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Was too much oil used, or not enough when seasoning?

I went about trying to reseason my cast-iron pan yesterday. I used some recycled canola oil at 400F for 60 minutes right-side up. After that I checked on it (before it was completely cooled), and ...
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How do I prevent sugar from burning/sticking on cast iron grill?

I've got a Lodge reversible cast iron grill/griddle (this model). The griddle side works great, and I've had no problems with food sticking or burning. But I've had less luck with the grill side. ...
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Can Enamled Cast Iron cause fires?

I heard of someone who supposedly had a fire while cooking on an enameled cast iron grill pan. I am not sure if this was due to negligence on the part of the chef or if there was something in the ...
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What the heck is on this cast iron, and HOW TO REMOVE?

Okay, so I just gathered my cast iron dutch oven from my ex, and he apologetically explained that he'd spilled "something" on it. He is an organic farmer who works on cars, so literally: THERE IS NO ...
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How to translate a baking recipe for box mixes for cast iron skillets?

I recently purchased a skillet at the advice of a trusted friend. I have seen a number recipes for a lot of foods including baked goods. But, the recipes are all "from scratch". Now, I realize that ...
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Frying potatoes in cast iron: sticking!

I've tried frying potatoes (generally cubed small, like 1/4") in my cast iron pan but they frequently stick very badly. Badly enough so I've got to resort to scraping with a metal spatula. The pan is ...
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Is it possible to destroy the seasoning on cast-iron by getting the pan too hot?

Yesterday I thoroughly cleaned my cast iron pan, reseasoned it four times for 30 minutes at 450 with liquid canola oil. The seasoning looked really good, and I had a great sheen across the entire ...
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Is it safe to cook or braise with beer in cast iron?

Is it safe to cook with beer in cast iron, for longer cooking such as braising or stews (eg, cook over 30 minutes, probably for 2 hours or more)? I saw on this question, Is it safe to cook wine or ...
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Avoiding carbon on cast-iron when cooking hotter than usual

I don't fully understand the chemistry of "seasoning" cast-iron but I have the basic understanding that fats polymerize when they're past their smoke point, that this is the coating, and that various ...
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Going to make my first pizza tonight, can a large, thick griddle pan substitute for a pizza stone?

Going to make my first homemade pizza tonight, but I do not have a pizza stone. Would a large (9" x 16" x 1/2") cast iron griddle work in place of a pizza stone? The griddle is super black and well ...
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Portable induction cooktop with cast iron pans, will using these together break or scratch the cooktop?

I have been looking at buying an induction cooktop for quite some time. Largely the part that has tipped the scales in my favor as of lately is that I would like to be able to use cast iron skillets ...
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Choice of new seasonable cookware (iron/carbon steel, pan/wok)

I am interested in getting some form of cookware that will... take seasoning? Become seasoned? Cast-iron, carbon-steel, et cetera. I currently have two pots (one tall, one short) and one nonstick ...
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What can I safely put between my cast iron skillet and induction glass top stove to prevent scratches?

I moved into a new flat and it comes with a brand-new induction glass top stove. Unfortunately, it seems like the glass rather easily scratches: There is already a visible scratch in it (likely caused ...
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Identifying Cast Iron Skillet - with weird pattern

My mother gave me an old skillet she had, and to me, it looked like a normal cast iron. I wanted to 'clean' it the way I normally clean and season my other pans, by scrubbing it with chain mail ...
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What foods to cook in a new cast iron skillet that will help improve the seasoning?

I've never cooked with cast iron before and just picked up a couple Lodge cast iron skillets (6" and 12"). They come preseasoned, but I imagine some additional seasoning is desired. I tried bacon, ...
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how to clean my enameled cast iron pot I burned soup dry in

A week ago, I left soup simmering in my new Staub cast-iron pot (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/2507416/) for too long, and all the liquid evaporated and what was left burned on the bottom. I'...
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Iron cast cookware: rust-ish or black coat even on new cookware, is it safe?

Some time ago I got iron cast dutch oven, alomost right away I noticed that when I wash it (just water, no soap) when I wipe it with white paper towel I get something black on it (see pictures). ...
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Why is acidic cooking problematic for cast iron pans but not BBQ plates?

I've recently discovered cast iron cookware and I'm a little bit in love! I have a couple of questions for experienced cast iron users. I've done lots of reading and it looks like acidic cooking isn'...