Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - How to Salvage and Season Cast Iron Cookware

el_wombato on Jun 15, 2007:

Another technique to strip cast iron is to run it through the self-cleaning cycle on your oven. So I've heard.


DesigningMom on Jun 01, 2007:

I loved my cast iron cookware until I injured both my wrists hand watering tons of container plants last summer and I had to give up using them.  I did pass them on to our daughter for her first apartment though.

I have a different way of cleaning them...  

  1. Once the food was removed and the pan was still very hot (leave the burner on until later) I poured a cup of cool water into the pan.
  2. I then scraped the inside of the pan with a sturdy, but inexpensive metal spatula.  This is not the time to use your best chrome plated utensils.
  3. Next give the pan a good rince in the sink, using of a dish brush if necessary to remove any remaining food particles.
  4. Wipe off any excess water with a clean lint free towel.
  5. Last, but a very important step, would be to replace the damp pan back on the still hot burner.  You may now turn off the burner.  

Once your pan is cool and dry you may choose to rub it with a bit of olive oil placing a paper towel over it and store it in a place of your choosing. 


kadeline on May 26, 2007:

forget oven cleaner. Max out the temp on your oven and pop your cast iron in there for at least an hour to burn off the rust


Caya123 on May 26, 2007:

I once cracked a cast-iron griddle, by putting it on two burners, and having one on high and forgetting to turn on the other burner. Amazingly enough, the crack didn't go all the way to the other side, and I could still use the griddle. But I have a hard time imagining how a cast-iron skillet could get warped- wow.


felisaudis on May 25, 2007:

I've bought some good cast iron from flea markets, but then I also got a few skillets that were warped. Always be sure that it will sit level unles you are only going to be using it on a camp fire/grill. It drives me nuts on my stovetop!


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