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What are the consequences of dishwashering a cast iron skillet?

A cast iron skillet which is regularly washed in the dishwasher will be progressively stripped down to bare metal, which will quickly and consistently rust. It will not be usable for cooking until you ...
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What are the consequences of dishwashering a cast iron skillet?

First, about the literal question in the title. I would go farther than Sneftel: almost no cast iron skillet is so perfectly seasoned that the metal is perfectly sealed. The seasoning is good enough ...
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How Can I Spread Crepe Batter Before It Cooks?

It sounds like maybe there's a couple of possibilities. The pan is too hot. This can happen even over lower heat settings if you leave the pan to preheat for too long, or it may be that the burner'...
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What's the purpose of adding water to a skillet when cooking solid food?

In this case, you are braising the apples. The water is the braising liquid, which helps to cook the apples, reduces, integrates with the other ingredients, and becomes a sauce. It also keeps the ...
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Is convex surface normal in cast iron skillet?

Pans should be completely flat, and producers are usually very good at getting it right. Even very cheaply made pans are usually sold properly flat. What you describe sounds like you warped your pan....
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Re-seasoning of cast iron skillet gone wrong?

It looks like the second attempt used far too much oil, which can lead to all sorts of uneven spots in the pan. Seasoning that thick tends to flake off when you cook with the pan. I would strip it and ...
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How to remove commercial seasoning from skillet?

How to remove old seasoning and start over from scratch? Very few cases actually require a full stripping of cast iron and restarting your seasoning from scratch. If you ruined your seasoning somehow,...
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How Can I Spread Crepe Batter Before It Cooks?

You can actually buy tools which help to spread batter. My sister got me a hot-plate crepe maker for Christmas the other year, which came with one of these: Which I find does the job perfectly! You ...
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How Can I Spread Crepe Batter Before It Cooks?

First, this can indeed be a thick batter, as the other answers mentioned. I would recommend using Ruhlman's ratio of 1:2:2 flour to milk to egg as a starting point of what a good crepe batter should ...
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Is it really necessary to avoid using soap on a cast iron skillet?

Here's the deal ... if your pan is seasoned correctly using an oil with a high iodine value, then no, soap won't harm it. If it's not seasoned correctly, then it could need a strip & reseason. ...
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Why isn't my steak fat cooking?

Summary: The cure to hard or overly chewy fat is generally longer cooking, but you may also want to consider trying a different source for procuring steaks. My guess, based on the description in the ...
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Can I make pancakes with a normal frying pan?

Yes, you can use a normal frying pan to make pancakes, assuming you have a stove. I am chiefly familiar with the definition of skillet that is equivalent to frying pan, but I see that there is a ...
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What is this cast iron skillet used for?

I have seen this kind of skillets in packets with ingredients. Both for brownies and for mini pizza's. Mix the ingredients as per the instructions, put in the little skillet and put in the oven. It ...
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How to avoid too hot pan that causes fire

Not likely that pan itself was hot enough to ignite. The auto-ignition point for cooking oils is 400 to 435°C (750 to 815°F). You must have splashed some oil and it contacted an ignition source (e.g. ...
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What is this cast iron skillet used for?

Every year these skillets come with the individual chocolate chip cookie mixes (and individual brownie, cake, etc) that you can get in the gift aisle at Christmas. They're usually considered food ...
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Can I put my cast iron pan with wood handle in the oven?

When I have a fry pan with "other" material handle and want to put it in the oven I wrap it in 3-4 layers of tin foil first and no problem. Usually the oven isn't any higher than 375 degrees ...
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Can I put my cast iron pan with wood handle in the oven?

Personally, I would not put it in the oven. You may be able to get away with it if you are not broiling anything for an extended period of time, but heat does not play nice with wood and after ...
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Cooking Chicken in Skillet?

If you are paranoid about under-cooking meat, then use a digital probe thermometer and cook it to its safe temperature. No amount of timings or looking at the colour will give you the same level of ...
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Stainless nonstick, not vs, but both? What's the point?

Many stainless steels are ferric, so will work with induction cooktops. Aluminum cannot interact with magnetism, so cannot work on induction, so many companies offer stainless steel non-stick pans for ...
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Cast iron, stainless steel, or anodized non-stick: which makes the resulting product taste best?

I give you my opinion Cast iron pans give you exceptional results when you have to cook, because they are facilitating a chemical reaction with the sugar contained naturally in food. However, I find ...
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Serious buildup outside of cast iron skillet

The inside looks absolutely fine, so assuming you will protect that if you do any actual work on the outside I see a couple of routes you can take... You can ignore it & see if it will reach a ...
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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've had success in restoring bald spots in my cast iron skillet. After cooking and cleaning, I add oil when the skillet is warm. Eventually the "bald" spot fills in. Mine took about 3 months of 1-...
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How to stir porridge for even heating with an oversized skillet?

There's no real reason to use a fixed pattern for stirring. Just pay attention and if you see a spot that looks quite done, move it around to mix it with spots that are less done. Since you mention ...
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What is the intended use for an extra deep skillet?

As moscafj mentions in a comment, I would mainly think of a deep skillet as being useful for deep frying. Depending on shape, it might also be usable as a Dutch oven (at least for some Dutch oven uses,...
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Cast Iron Skillet / Pan stains

But there is some stains left... do I need to clean this or is this normal and leave it ? As long as the "stain" is hard and dry rather than gummy or sticky, it's probably fine. As commenters have ...
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What skillet pan to use for making spring rolls wrappers?

I watched the video and after also researching some instructions in Chinese, I have decided that your problem might be more than just pan-related. However, please note, I have discovered that for ...
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Browning bones in a skillet

Depending on what kind of stock pot or soup pot you intend to use, you can just brown the bones right in the bottom of the pot. I don't think my mom ever put bones in the oven to make soup. Put a ...
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Is convex surface normal in cast iron skillet?

I am wondering the same thing. I’ve noticed that new cast iron skillets are convex instead of flat, and it has nothing to do with getting them too hot or using the wrong size burner. I have a set that ...
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Even heating: skillet thickness vs. electric element size

Electric oven spirals turn on and off continuously, and the temperature of coil depends on the ratio between periods of cooling and periods of heating. Thicker skillets act as accumulators of heat, ...
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