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Miracle Maid Aluminum Skillet

Eventually I will, but not that one! Alas it found another home first. These are, however, not rare by any means, so I'll stumble backwards on to one at a flea market or thrift shop or junktique store... And the next week I'll start seeing them EVERYWHERE I go.

Kind of like aebleskiver pans - I had never seen one till I bought one, then I started finding them under every other thrift shop pile!

Jul 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Washing cast iron vs. not washing

If that were the case that today's modern detergents really strip off seasoning in the 30 seconds they get dipped into some hot soapy water with a squirt of dish soap.... Wouldn't it stand to reason that 5-10 minutes in the same water would strip the burnt bits off a stainless fry pan leaving me nothing to do but give it a quick pass with a dish cloth and hang it back on my pot rack? I mean seasoning is burnt on oil that polymerized to The surface layer of cast iron... So if it were the case detergent could effectively strip burnt oil of cast iron down to bare iron that quickly my tri-ply & anodized pans would just about wash themselves! Mine don't...

In the days of the lye-based soaps of our great grandmothers this warning made more sense. Today's user need not abstain from today's detergents.

Jul 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Washing cast iron vs. not washing

In my 100% anecdotal opinion based on experience... Seasoning magic occurs with use... Which for me will involve different vegetable oils and the fats from different meats I'm cooking... To replicate this sooner I've layered on multiple oil types making sure each layer was dry/not gummy, before the next.

Jul 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Washing cast iron vs. not washing

Second this. Plus, seasoning adds layers of polymerized oil that has been dried on. This wouldn't/couldn't go rancid anymore than a completely burned up piece of meat that resembles a piece of charcoal.

Jul 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Miracle Maid Aluminum Skillet

Just sent you an email!

Jul 30, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Miracle Maid Aluminum Skillet

I'm a fan :)

Jul 29, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Porcelain/stoneware or ECI for casserole dishes? And best 2nd size?

<my most-used piece is the larger version of the shallow dish in CJ's first picture... It's about 8x12, maybe.>

That would be the F-4-B 2.5L baker!

I had one I gave away... And then yesterday another one - in need of a once over with Barkeeper's Friend* - jumped in my basket for $3 at the thrift shop. It was the second one I found just yesterday.

Enchiladas for dinner tonight, hit me up if you're passing through! :)

*BKF & Bon Ami will make your pyro ceramic sparkle. Marks left by metal utensils are not damage to the pan, but rather a traces of the utensil left behind!

Jul 26, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

My first cookware set

Congrats on the new set - that's a great start you can play around with & add to! Post a few pics when it arrives!

Jul 24, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

My first cookware set

That works out to about $174 USD and includes shipping to Canada. The same here with free site-to-store shipping would run me (@8.25% tax) $145ish... That's not too much more - I couldn't buy it here and ship it there for $29.

[I used to do import/export work, running these numbers brings back the shipping nerd in me!:)]

Jul 24, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Porcelain/stoneware or ECI for casserole dishes? And best 2nd size?

The squares are and skillets rock at a lot of things. I do individual breakfast and lunch box quiche in the skillets.

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Porcelain/stoneware or ECI for casserole dishes? And best 2nd size?

I probably reach for my 2.8 liter French White casseroles the most. There are two of us, so that is the right size for a lot of things. The divided dish actually has seen some use on the grill too!

I'm sure I didn't pay even $5 a piece on average - when I was buying them I didn't have much more than that most weeks unless I walked to work and saved my bus money!

Making thrift shop rounds this week I saw over a dozen pieces and the most expensive one was a 4 qt square casserole with a lid - it was $10. The rest were under $6. Last week I passed up a lasagna pan for $3.50...

If you keep an eye on eBay... I noticed several lasagna pans close without bids this week - starting bids on three were $9.99 with $10 shipping. Had anyone bothered to bid they'd have scored at $19.99.

My first cookware set

Good point!

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Anyone tried Le Creuset's tri ply roaster in small?

(Asking sincerely, not being flippant) what is attractive to you about this piece?

That price for a Chinese manufactured pan of that size, branded by a company famed for ECI. It doesn't immediately strike me how this pan would outperform less spendy roasting pans.

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

No, they do not.

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

My first cookware set

You'd do really well to peruse the archives here. Over the years a lot of chow pups have come on the scene asking the same and the advice given in those threads are great to read through.

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

My first cookware set

I can't disagree with what has been written thus far about the value of putting together your own collection... That being said, you DID ask for a set recommendation...

The Tramontina tri-ply basic set is in that price range. It's been lauded by America's Test Kitchen as being competitive in performance to All-Clad (which they always seem to rate highly!) and many hounds here speak well of it.

8-piece set:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

10-piece set:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

If you were set on a set these sets are very reasonably priced, well regarded by many and could be a very good start in building your batterie. From there you can start adding pieces as your interests, needs, and budget prescribe.

Jul 23, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Vintage stoneware made in Japan- does it contain lead?

All the speculation doesn't add up to one actual test. Get the test and be certain. Any hardware store will have it.

Jul 22, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Indian aluminum pots... NAME?

That's not too sad - pure aluminum is darned useful also!

Jul 22, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Indian aluminum pots... NAME?

Yup! I had an Indian food & cookware phase. I'd speculate those are made from hindalium - an aluminum alloy popular for cookware in India that has magnesium... Kind of like the old Magnalite!

Nice pots!

Jul 21, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Is a large skillet the best way to roast a whole chicken in the oven?

Found a stainless steel rack that sits inside my 10" CI skillets. Works beautifully every time!

Vertical roasting ("beer can chicken") in a stainless steel skillet is also wonderful. Gravy can be made directly in the skillet on the stovetop while the bird rests.

Weird stuff in your kitchen

I was flabbergasted the first time I met someone who DIDN'T have those corn on the cob picks. Maybe it's a Midwestern thing? We all had them where I grew up!

Weird stuff in your kitchen

My kitchen walls are adorned with tin lined copper molds for decoration. I really can't see myself preparing a dish molded into the shape of a fish or lobster or rooster or rabbit... But if that day does come, I have options!

Cast aluminum lard ladle.

2 aebleskiver pans. No, I don't make them that much, but by Zeus when I do I whip em out 14 at a time!

Copper cataplana - eBay victory I scored NWOT. Still factory lacquered.

Pyrex Bake-a-round loaf baker. $2 experiment piece I bought at thrift shop. Works as advertised but I don't find myself all that inclined to whip out tube shape loaves of bread... I got my $2 worth out of it, I think it's going to find a new home soon.

Nordicware egg waffle iron passed along to me unused from a friend I was helping move.

I have more odds & ends but I think I've admitted to enough today!

Jul 20, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

This California pottery bundt style pan dated 1959 jumped off the thrift shop shelf into my cart for $5.88. I may never use it for baking but it combines two collection obsessions California pottery & cookware,

Porcelain/stoneware or ECI for casserole dishes? And best 2nd size?

I second the value of vintage Corningware of the pyroceramic variety. Over the last few years I've probably picked up two dozen pieces (passing many along!) for $60 or less. As I was earnestly building a kitchen on a $5-10 a week thrift shop budget, I always seemed to stumble upon them for $1-5, lids to match (in the "lid bin") usually run $1-2.

(No surprise there, Over 750,000,000 units were produced domesticly! I recall reading somewhere the French White set held the record for bridal registry registration.)

When the SLT catalog arrives I always linger on the EH offerings, but I can never quite see a justification for adding any to my collection. Aside from being sexier and available in red (my fave color) I can't see (for myself & limited cooking ability) any real reason for me to add any. In your experience are there any areas the EH just soars above our beloved thrift shop corningware gold?

Jul 20, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

What is swai fish?

That's not really done though, is it?

Testing (debunking?) the flaxseed method for seasoning cast iron

Well past the time to respond for your needs with those pans... But for the record, boiling a few cups of water for 5-10 minutes will allow the gummy layer to be wiped away with a paper towel. There is no need to start over from square one in such gummy pan incidents.

Jul 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Testing (debunking?) the flaxseed method for seasoning cast iron

That actually shouldn't matter. Rancid oil will work just as well as the purest freshest you can score. It's job is, after all, to get heated past the smoke point and polymerize on to the metal.

Jul 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Electric Skillet and Toaster Oven - Justify Purge?

I'd say donate them. If you haven't used them and can't immediately see that you would...

Both are nice and actually useful in many applications... but if you're not so applying them, make room for new toys you will use and see those items find a new home where they will be used. My 2¢.

Jul 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Where to buy a traditional poêlon/daubière outside of France?

Is there something you are looking for in a poêlon different from what is available on those two websites?

Jul 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Anchovies on your pizza?

Anchovies are like dark meat... Everyone already knows they don't like it... Except when it is slipped to them and they love it.