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Can Le Creuset Dutch Oven be used in the microwave in convection mode?

I am reading that cast iron may pop or crackle in a convection oven, and aluminum is best for it. Since Le Creuset Dutch Oven is just enameled cast iron, I couldn't help but have a safety concern over ...
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Why would boiling spinach decrease the iron content?

I've found a lot of articles that say spinach contains more iron when boiled. However, I also came across someone saying the iron content would decrease as the boiling time increases. I was wondering ...
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Residue on a new hard-nitriding cast iron skillet

I have just purchased a new hard-nitriding cast iron skillet at a HomeGoods store (Brandani brand), and i'm having problems cleaning it before the first use. I've spent hours and hours washing it with ...
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Must cast iron be cleaned promptly?

There is yet one more detail I seem to have just understood about cooking in cast iron pans. After use (frying onions, frying potatoes, ..) the pan must be cleaned quite soon, perhaps within 24 hours ...
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Will lemon in a cast-iron pan with roast chicken cause problems?

I have two chicken recipes that I've perfected over the years: Roasted spatchcock in the oven, in a pre-heated cast iron pan, using a rub with oil, paprika, and garlic Rotisserie on the grill, ...
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Should I use or avoid flaxseed oil when seasoning cast iron pan? [duplicate]

There is quite some contrary information out there on using flaxseed oil to season cast iron equipment. Some examples from the Seasoned Advice website: This answer (67 upvotes; posted 10 years ago) ...
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Food is still undercooked on cast iron

I've recently gotten my pre-seasoned cast iron skillet and just tried to sear some meat. 1st attempt was on a rack of lambs and 2nd was on a salmon fillet. I cooked try to fully cook them both on a ...
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How to use a ridged cast iron griddle?

While shopping the other day, I purchased a cast iron pan that has ridged griddle lines in it. I thought "oh, this might be nice for cooking meat!" but I'm not actually sure that's the case. ...
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Yellow color from brand new Pre-Seasoned Lodge Cast Iron griddle (before seasoning or even heating). Is this normal?

I received my Lodge 10.5 inch pre-seasoned cast iron griddle today (and I'm very new to the world of Cast Iron). I washed it with water and soap and used the soft side of the sponge and on second wash ...
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Storing cast iron in the oven

We store a few cast iron pans in the oven, on the bottom rack. We leave the pans in there while cooking other things. Occasionally, I worry that this might affect oven performance, by interfering with ...
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Prevent sticky residue from oiling seasoned pan before storage

I have a variety of carbon steel pans and after I use them I dry them using a paper towel and then warm them up to make sure they are completely dry. Once I'm sure the pan is dry I spread a little bit ...
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Is anyone aware of cast iron pots and pans that are enameled on the exterior with plain cast iron (no enamel, no non-stick) interiors?

Looking for a brand of cast iron pans that is enameled on the outside, but with a bare iron interior. In other words no enamel, no ceramic, no non-stick on the inside. (so it is less likely to scratch ...
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What is this cast iron skillet with diagonal ribs intended for? [duplicate]

I'm not actually sure if "skillet" is the right word for this, but it seems close. We got this second hand, so not sure of its origin. The particular feature that I'm not sure of is the set ...
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What are the consequences of dishwashering a cast iron skillet?

I know that with cast iron skillets, one isn't supposed to put them in a dishwasher to allow bits of what was cooked (called seasoning) to build up, since some people think that that produces better ...
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How to heat up a pan on an induction burner?

When it comes to a cast-iron skillet, the benefit of using traditional methods is that if you want a super hot pan, you heat it for a long period of time before adding fat to the pan. The instructions ...
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how to not get burned keto flour pancakes?

I make keto pancakes out of a bought keto flour pancake mix (almond flour and cassava and coconut flours are main components). I mix these with either water or whole milk, making not too thick mixture,...
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Is a cast iron wok too heavy?

I want to buy a wok. Someone recommended I buy a cast iron wok, but I know it is very heavy.
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Is iron skillet seasoning a carcinogen [closed]

I switched to cast-iron skillet/griddle (dont know what it's technically called) recently for my omelette because I read somewhere that non-stick coating can leak carcinogen during cooking For cast-...
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Does black interior of a cocotte/dutch oven such as Staub create problems with accidentally burning ingredients/fond?

The Staub cocotte has a black interior (in contrast to the Le Creuset) as can be seen below. Does this black interior significantly increase the chances of accidentally burning the ingredients and ...
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What accounts for Dutch Oven price variation?

I have recently been looking to buy a good Dutch Oven that will last a while, and I am a little lost since there is so many options at many different price points. I recall a few years ago I bought a ...
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Re-seasoning of cast iron skillet gone wrong?

So, we had some stir-fry burn up pretty badly in our trusted cast-iron skillet. Upon cleaning the skillet some of the coating came off with the burned food. I made a first attempt of re-seasoning it ...
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Is it possible to avoid smoking when seasoning a cast iron pan after using it for deep-frying?

I have a cast-iron dutch oven similar to this one, which I infrequently use for deep frying. I tend to use what tends to be generically described here in the UK as "vegetable oil" for the ...
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Comparison between cast iron and forged pans

I am on the search for a good general purpose frying pan. However, I can't seem to find a comparison between cast iron and forged pans. I know that cast iron pans perhaps have longer life span but ...
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Identify mark on cast iron skillet

I have an old skillet (about 10 inches) with a solid ring on the bottom and a straight raised mark about 4 inches in the middle of the bottom. There is also a capital B R on the bottom. No other ...
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New lodge cast iron pan brown colour

I recently got the 18cm lodge cast iron pan that comes pre-seasoned. I wanted to take the pre-seasoning off using a scourer and baking soda. I then dried it and put canola oil onto it and rubbed off ...
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What do I need to clean off before I season this cast iron? [duplicate]

Here's my cast iron frying pan. I had seasoned it before but wasn't sure if I'd got it right so I figured I'd start again. I'm not clear on what state it needs to be in before I do that. I sanded a ...
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Can I hang cast iron pots and pans to air dry?

I normally use chain mail and warm water to clean my cast iron pan, then dry with a paper towel before stashing away in a cupboard. If the pans are well seasoned, is there any potential rusting ...
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Is this cast iron pan safe to cook in?

My wife just bought this pan and I noticed this weird dark/black spot in the center with a bit of a swirl around it (never mind the brownish tint, this is due to my flax oil seasoning). I don't care ...
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Does the accidental discoloring during seasoning impair my steel pan in any way?

I recently entered the realm of cooking with cast iron and steel pans, and am still trying to find my way around it. Last weekend I went about seasoning my first bundle of pans (De Buyer Mineral B) ...
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Can I assume chicken internal temp rises 5 degrees while resting?

With steak I've often read you should remove it from heat about 5 degrees before your target internal temp because it will continue to rise about that much as it rests. Is the same true for chicken? ...
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Why do people say that cooking in a cast-iron pan will build the seasoning, while also saying that you should never cook to the smoking point?

A very common claim is that once you start cooking with a cast-iron pan, you never really need to season it again. As you cook, the seasoning just builds up. However, the way I understand it, ...
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Can a good cast iron seasoning really be built from butter?

I don't get it. Various net pundits assert that it's a bad idea to season cast iron with butter, because butter consists of proteins + fat, and the proteins will burn and be incorporated into the ...
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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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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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