Cast Iron pans

Cast Iron pans

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:48 am

Ok had a bunch of friends over last weekend and foolishly got them involved in cooking an afternoon feast and yes there was tequila involved.. LOL After somewhat burning a few things added insult to injury by scrubbing them then running through the dishwasher while we were eating so have partially seasoned and partially dusted pans that I have had for decades. How do I rescue them? Sandblast and re-season or wire brush or what? We were doing Mexican and obviously the tequila induced munchies took over and the concept of simmer until done got turned in a btu in vs. cooking time problem. Any advice appreciated!
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: confedsailor On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:31 am

We scrub with kosher salt, and then a low charcoal fire with olive oil. Did they burn the chunkies in?
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:04 am

Soak in DAWN & hot water overnight--use tuffy scrubber, razor blade--whatever it takes & re-season check out http://whatscookingamerica.net/Informat ... onPans.htm
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:26 am

Don't sand blast. Read this thru Reconditioning & Re-Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:40 am

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Don't sand blast. Read this thru Reconditioning & Re-Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware




Yes, don't sand blast !!!! I learned the hard way that it chews up the surface leaving a texture that takes longer to season and get the smooth non-stick surface your trying to build up.

Plus, it drives silica dust into the grain of the cast iron. Those tiny dust particles then can come loose later, lifting small particles of the carbon layer from the burned-on lard/oil that is the non-stick surface you want. That can lead to rust spots and food sticking.

And, avoid long cooking times of high acid foods in cast iron. I trashed the seasoned surface of a Griswold Dutch oven by a long session of cooking spaghetti tomato sauce in it. :oops:

Paul
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: ddahlgren On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:27 am

It looks like the soap and steel wool will fix what I have going on here to get the light rust off. Then a seasoning to fix the damaged areas. I use a stainless pot for pasta sauce so no worries there. I have used the iron skillet to mostly cook eggs and fish some on the stove top and some in the oven.
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:09 am

So much for that Tequila mentality or lack of & cast pans! :clap: toothy
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:17 pm

I just clean w/soap and water ... a little rust? Yummy...
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: warminmn On: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:26 pm

Just fry everything in Tequila for now on and you will never notice the rust. :D
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:59 am

When I was a kid our neighbor used to bring his cast iron pan over once every few years and put it in out hand fired octopus coal furnace. Came out clean as a whistle as I recall. Then he'd re-season it.
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: jimg On: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:10 am

My son was looking for a vessel to melt lead to cast bullets and "found" (I knew it was there but wasn't actively using it) an old Erie cast iron fry pan. This pan is probably from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Any ideas if this pan would be safe for food use again? I'm thinking if properly re-seasoned it wouldn't be a problem.

Thanks, Jim
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:14 am

Like ck said--put it in your stove for a few hrs & then re-season. She'll be fine. Uh-Ohhh-I feel the gloom & doomers windin up for this one! :clap: toothy
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:02 am

jimg wrote:My son was looking for a vessel to melt lead to cast bullets and "found" (I knew it was there but wasn't actively using it) an old Erie cast iron fry pan. This pan is probably from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Any ideas if this pan would be safe for food use again? I'm thinking if properly re-seasoned it wouldn't be a problem.

Thanks, Jim

Check out your local hardware store for a lead paint test kit. Cast iron, particularly the older stuff can be very porous. That said, Einstien grew up in Germany when all the water pipes were lead. :)
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:15 am

When I was at the Lions Club sponsored 'Labor Day Festival' in West Liberty, OH (to look at the Keystoker HFH-90 Hopper stove that 'Champaign Coal and Stove' of Urbana, OH had taken to the Festival along with a few of their DS Machine stoves) I saw some really nice Wagner and Griswold cast iron pans for sale. The going rate was about $50 for them, give or take, depending mainly on the size. If I didn't already have some Lodges I would seriously have considered them. They looked to be much better in quality and smoothness than our bumpy Lodge pans.
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Re: Cast Iron pans

PostBy: hophead On: Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:41 pm

All my cast is as slippy as silicone on a wet floor. You got some good and some bad advice. Here is a site which explains how to strip, season, and care for your cookware. I have used their methods for years with great success after trying a lot of what you've been told. Give it a try and the next party your food will slide right out.

http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl
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