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Cooking and cleaning cast iron

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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby Jac » Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:06 pm

I started using the lard I use for frying and seasoning after I clean and dry the skillets. I've found that it helps them stay seasoned and mostly non-stick; I can cook eggs without having to spend 15 minutes scrubbing them out - some hot water and a good, stiff brush (plastic, not metal) does the trick. Anything left over I can take out with oil and salt. For lard, put some in the skillet while it's still hot and use a paper towel to coat the entire bottom. After the skillet has cooled by the lard hasn't coagulated, wipe out the excess with a clean paper towel and then store. You'll be rewarded with a nice, mate finish. If it's shiny, wipe it out again.


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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby neildarkstar » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:11 pm

I never wash my cast iron skillets with water. After using them, I scrape them clean with a flap-jack turner or a putty knife, let them cool a bit and then put some cooking oil in them. I then put them on medium heat for 2 or 3 minutes and wipe them out with a paper towel, being careful not to remove the "shiny" entirely.

When I go to use the skillet again, I heat it on medium heat for at least 2 minutes before I add oil or whatever I'm using for cooking. the cast iron never gets either soap or water.

Eggs never stick in the skillet, and almost nothing else does either except general Tso's chicken sauce.
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby Elaura » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:41 pm

Tap water doesn't hurt any more than any other water-based sauce or liquid. The damage is only done if the pan isn't dried completely immediately. The only soaps that are actually any sort of problem are either abrasives or those which dissolve carbon. A lot of people are afraid of cast iron because they think it needs extra-special care and handling, which it doesn't, well, not any more than a good wooden cutting board anyway. Keep it dry and oiled and you'll be fine. If you don't, with either the iron or the board, all you have to do is scrub it with some steel wool and start over with the seasoning. There's even a shortcut, but real pure carbon is hard to come by these days.
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby neildarkstar » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:07 am

Drying the pan completely is the reason for heating with oil in it after cleaning. I once thought the pan wasn't clean if I didn't hit it with soap and water, but that just isn't true. A couple of minutes at 350 degrees and then a good wipe down removes everything, and there are fewer bugs living in there than there would be if you hand washed it.

Anyway, it works for me... and no worries about the season on it. :D
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby Syrcanus » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:41 am

My father's acquired quite a lot of cast iron cookware over the last few years. A pancake griddle, chicken fryer's, pots of various sizes, and a bunch of other stuff that I wouldn't even know what to use for. I can tell you one thing though...removing a 40 lb set of cast iron pans out of the oven so I can cook a pizza is really annoying.

And you do have to be careful when cooking in them. Cast iron cooks a lot faster than most other pans I've ever used. But I don't have to worry about scratching any teflon coating, which is a another huge plus.
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby Elaura » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:45 am

You're right about that, Syrcanus. It also continues to cook after taking it off the heat and don't even think about grabbing the handle without an over mitt.
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby neildarkstar » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:27 am

Cast iron does indeed cook faster than other cookware, but watch closely how it cooks and you'll see it also cooks a lot more evenly There are far less "hot spots" or cooler areas than your average stainless steel, aluminum or teflon pans. That also means you can cook on a lower temp and have everything cooked evenly. that's great when you have a mix of people who like rare and well done.

I rarely cook on any higher temp than medium, unless I need really hot grease like for french fries.
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Re: Cooking and cleaning cast iron

Postby Jac » Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:05 am

That's why I use it, Neil. I used to deep fry in my chicken fryer, but after a close call regarding Elaura and hot grease, we got a deep fryer that I use instead. I still use the chicken fryer for browning meat and making burrito mix with chorizo and Ro-tel. Just combine everything and cook until most of the water is gone.


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