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Re-conditioning a cast iron skillet

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by PDogSniper, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. PDogSniper

    PDogSniper

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    I've got some cast iron pans and some of them are pretty scrody on the lids and outsides....

    I've got a self-cleaning oven and am wondering if I can place the pans in the oven, set the over to clean and clean them up and start over with them...?

    Anyone ever do this...?
     
  2. rhedley

    rhedley POCKET HOLSTERS

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    Yes, it works, and works well.
     

  3. PDogSniper

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    It's been a while since I've conditioned one. Care to explain the process to me please...?
     
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    Oh man, fry up some southern fried chicken in there and enjoy!
     
  5. rhedley

    rhedley POCKET HOLSTERS

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    After the oven treatment,and the pan cools off,the cooked on **** will nearly fall off. Wipe the pan down a couple of times with cooking oil, and start using it..

    Cheers
     
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    I bought this particular pan for chicken... :cool:
     
  7. GlockSpeed31

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    The way I conditioned my cast iron skillet was to wash it real good, (I bought mine used at the Antique/Flea Market)turn on the oven to 400 or 450, put cast iron in it for about 20 minutes, take it out, rub some Veg. Grease or oil in it, wipe it around really good, put back into the hot oven for a while, taking it out a few times to swirl around the oil, take out of oven, pour off excess oil, then let cool. After it has completely cooled off, wipe out excess oil that is left over. Now it is ready to use. If you are using it to bake with, it will take a few times cooking with it to make it "Stick Resistant". Your pan should look "coal black" when it is conditioned perfectly

    The reason I put mine in a hot oven is the heat allows the pores in the metal to open up and let the oil in to form a type of bond with it. If you use any soap on it, you kinda have to re condition it. The soap removes some of the "Seasoning" that has formed. The way I clean mine is to scrub the pan with a nylon brush and hot water. Then fill with water, let it come to a strong boil on the stove for a few minutes, then pour out the water and let dry in a warm oven.

    This is how I learned to Condition or "Season" a cast iron pan from my Grandmother who has lived in the Southeast for over 60+ years. With that much experience, who could argue?
     
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    Has anyone tried synthetic oil, like Mobile-1?
























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    Glockerel Got Mojo?

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    Will this work on a really rusty one? A buddy just gave me a neat old griswold and I hope I can save it.
    Any Tips?
     
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    *Bead blast* it first..