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Old 06-10-2007, 07:20 PM   #11
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I have had a Dutch Oven for many, many years...I never use it because the lid rusts and so does the inside..I guess I didn't season it right the first time..and it is so darn heavy!!
My sis in law gave me two cast iron frying pans..about saucer size and two large fry pans..if soap is a no no ..do i just use water and wipe fry with a paper towel?
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:32 PM   #12
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Hot water, a stiff, plastic scrubber, and paper towels. Be sure to put a degreasing soap such as Dawn in the sink and fill with a couple inches of water. Use the running water in the pan, as hot as it will get, and scrub with the brush until clean. Let the water running out of the pan mix with the soapy water. This will imulsify the grease and keep it from cloggin your drains. Dry the pan with a paper towel, rub lightly with oil or shortening, and store.

If the pan is seasoned properly, it will clean up easily.

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Old 06-10-2007, 09:44 PM   #13
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the salt technique and the bbq methods work best
using any harsh abrasives like steel wool(or similar) and/or soaps are no-no's
if you do so it will rust even if you dry it well unless you set it on a burner to dry and then you still lose the non-stick properties you aquired by seasoning it
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Old 06-13-2007, 03:32 PM   #14
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Ordinary dish washing detergent (Ivory, Dawn, ...) is OK to use with a plastic scrubber. It will remove oil and grease (duh) but it will NOT remove the carbon layers (seasoning) unless you scrub/scrape it with metal (steel wool/spatula). After washing, it is imperative that you immediately towel dry it thoroughly and warm it on the stove to evaporate all moisture. Never use automatic dishwasher detergents.
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Old 06-13-2007, 03:35 PM   #15
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Soap is ok only if the pan is well seasoned. If it isn't, wait until it is to use it.

I use soap all the time on mine when it's needed.

Make sure you dry CI very thoroughly though.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:49 PM   #16
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I have had a Dutch Oven for many, many years...I never use it because the lid rusts and so does the inside..I guess I didn't season it right the first time..and it is so darn heavy!!
My sis in law gave me two cast iron frying pans..about saucer size and two large fry pans..if soap is a no no ..do i just use water and wipe fry with a paper towel?
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Marge, to get rid of rust I use a paste of baking soda and water. Usually works fine.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:06 PM   #17
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The Way I (Re)Season Cast Iron

A new cast iron cooking pan or grill needs to be seasoned well to clean up easily. I personally season 2 or 3 times before using for food. But you can also re-season inherited or yard sale cast iron that has rusted. Believe it or not, you just sand the pan! When I bought my "new" Five Star commercial style oven, the grill top had been allowed to rust badly by the previous owner. I used an orbital sander all over the cast iron in 3 progressive grits - coarse to fine - and it came out shiny and silvery-gray like new cast iron. Then I seasoned it several times with peanut oil (less smoke) in a 500 degree oven for 2 hours at a time with cool down in between. Then the surface is very non-stick and ready to use. After your pan is well seasoned, you can clean it rather like a pan with non-stick coating except you never soak it in water. While still warm, wipe out all the gunk you can with a paper towel and then use a little water and dish soap with a nylon scubbing pad to clean anything remaining. Rinse quickly with hot water and then dry pan completely. Never allow to air dry because rust will form and you'll have to start all over again. I hope this helps.
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Old 07-08-2007, 12:36 AM   #18
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Thanks all. The pans my S-I-L gave me are many many years old so they won't be a problem. The dutch oven is so big that just for me it is a waste.
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I always put water back in the skillet and bring it to a boil. Do that a couple of times and then scour with salt. Works like a charm. I would never put soap in my precious cast iron cookware.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:22 PM   #20
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I just learned about the salt method a few nights ago watching Good Eats... I really think it is a good idea and plan on trying it the next time. I normally just wipe it out and put it up, if it is really dirty, just a light wash with soap and water and dry immedately over heat. Try not to scratch the inside surface!
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