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How to re-condition a cast iron skillet

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by crater, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. crater

    crater NRA Member

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    I know there was a post on this before, but I cannot not find it doing a search. I have an old cast iron skillet that was in the oven when I moved into my apartment. I would like to make it as good as new, or as close to it as possible.

    Anybody have any good ideas? Also, since I remember reading that it will give off some smoke and odor, is there anyway this trick can be done on a outside gas grill, instead of setting of the smoke alarm and scaring the heck out of my neighbors?

    Thanks in advance.....
     
  2. Caliper

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    Pretty easy...

    1. Scrub with hot water and a brush
    2. Use a paper towel to coat the skillet with vegetable oil.
    3. Heat, uncovered, for 2 hours in an oven at 250 degrees F.
    4. Let cool before use.
     

  3. Minuteman

    Minuteman Jeff Gannon???

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    What he said. Just remove all the rust.
    Plus don't use soap. This removes the coating and leaves soap penetrating the coating, called "seasoning". It will give out the taste of soap as you cook.

    After you've used it, clean with hot water and plain scrubber, no soap or SOS pads. I like to reheat it on the stove to sterilize it, then recoat with a little veggie oil or crisco.

    Always store it with a light coat of oil to keep it from rusting.

    :patriot:
     
  4. kckndrgn

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    This my favorite way to recondition cast iron. I usually do this about once a year.

    Start a good charcoal base in your grill, coat the cast iron with LARD (for best results, crisco and veggie will do), place upside down over coals. Let cook for 1 hour or so, remove and place in warm oven and allow to cool. Once cool use hot water to remove layer of "soot" like material, inside and out.

    Also, I have found that when you cook with CI use Med to Med-Hi heat to prevent sticking.

    These are just my opinions and they way that I do it, you may find a better way that you like better ;)

    Ryan
     
  5. crater

    crater NRA Member

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    Thanks for the help.

    Now I have something to do today...
     
  6. JPinAZ

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    From the www.goodeatsfanpage.com FAQ:
     
  7. gloxter

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    to throw the skillit, dutch oven, or whatever cast iron you want to reseason into a campfire, wait till it's damn hot, then let it cool before redoing the oiling. He's never had a problem with that process for YEARS.