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I beg you, can we stop all this hand-wringing and snobbery about cast iron

Have read all the posts and learned a lot. FYI, Cook's Illustrated (Jan. and Feb., 2011, p; 30) recommends a seasoning (or reseasoning) process using flaxseed oil and heating the pan upside down in a maximum oven for an hour and repeating this five times. Haven't tried it yet but the picture looks great and they claim you can run it through the dishwaher afterwards.

Mar 27, 2011
LLLLaura in Cookware

coffee grinders

You can take care of the problem of the superfine grains by scrupulously claning a blade grinder after every use, and both the consistency and heat problems are ameliorated by vigorously shaking the grinder while grinding. Of course, the cleaning takes extra time and effort, and if you want a good grind, you have to pay careful attention to bean/roast/timing. If you're on a budget, you can make it work.

Mar 27, 2011
LLLLaura in Cookware