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Re-seasoning cast iron?

:-) My Daddy'd be proud of you! You now have an heirloom! Sunday blessings to you!

Jan 22, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware

Re-seasoning cast iron?

BTW I NEVER NEVER NEVER put it in the dishwasher.... The detergent is too harsh, and some well-meaning person did that once and I ended up with a rusty pan and had to start over...

Jan 21, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware

Re-seasoning cast iron?

Well, everybody's got to do what works for them. The thing you have to keep in mind is that washing with dish soap (We even used SOS pads and "Chore Girl" copper scrubbers.) takes off the oils you seasoned them with, so you must get them really, really dry and a hot stove is the best for that. If you will only use the pan occasionally, but I can't imagine why, but if so, I'd suggest oiling again, particularly if you live in a really damp area or pack up to only use when camping. Then wash before using. We have used ours daily for half a century plus so I never worry about that re-oiling. I only do that if I've done the fireplace treatment. Relax. Remember, that you are getting healthy eating with the pans by adding extra iron to your diet each time, too! In time you will make memories for your family. "Mom always fried chicken in this pan." "This is Daddy's corn bread pan." "We always melted the butter for the popcorn in this little pan." :-)

Jan 21, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware

Re-seasoning cast iron?

LOL I've been eating out of cast iron (without even getting all of that "red stuff" out as scrupulously as you did) since I was able to go off the baby bottle. Am now about to collect SS and am still using the old cast iron my parents got USED when they were married in the 40's. Imagine some of it has got to be close to 100 years old by now. I still pick some pieces up at thrift stores and garage sales from time to time. Clean them up via the fireplace and re-season and they are good to go. Some I keep and some I give as gifts. Again...it will last for generations so love it and treat it well. BTW, it will horrify some, but we always washed ours out after use with the last of the dishwater in the sink...BUT we always dried it on the stove with the flame...never any rust that way. We oiled on an as-needed basis, and mostly it got it's dose from just frying a steak or such. Enjoy!!!

Jan 21, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware

Re-seasoning cast iron?

Sounds perfect to me. Yes, the SOS is my tool of choice and I applaud your using 30 minutes of elbow grease! That pan will be someing you can pass on to your heirs! Bravo!

Jan 21, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware

Re-seasoning cast iron?

Every few years we routinely throw the pans with the caked on grease and such in the fireplace with a nice roaring fire. They get red-hot and all of the gunk burns off. Just leave them in the fireplace until everything cools. Wash the ashes off the pan and re-season. Easy as pie and it is the right time of year for a nice fire in the fireplace. My Dad's 91 and he said they did this every year when he was a kid.

Jan 09, 2012
empressfrancis in Cookware