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Old 10-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Can I use cider vinegar in cast iron?

If I am making a recipe that calls for cider vinegar to make a sauce in a pan after browning the meat, can I use a cast iron pan for that? Or will that damage its finish?

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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That coating, or patina that develops in your cast iron pans is chemically resistant to both acids and alkali substances. Vinegar is an acidic liquid and will attack unprotected metals, suck as iron, steel, aluminum and copper. Properly seasoning your pans will protect them from the vinegar, and help keep foods from sticking to them as well.

If your pans are seasoned, simply brush a bit of fat into them before adding the other ingredients, and you should be fine.

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Just bringing this back as a follow up but I'm wondering if making this recipe, which calls for 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, in a cast iron skillet would cause either any problems for the cast iron itself or for the food to take on a metallic taste.

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Just bringing this back as a follow up but I'm wondering if making this recipe, which calls for 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, in a cast iron skillet would cause either any problems for the cast iron itself or for the food to take on a metallic taste.

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no problems will be experienced if your pan is seasoned properly.

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Simple answer: No Before I got my Calphalon cookware, I cooked tomato sauces and other acidic recipes in my cast-iron skillet for years and never had a problem. If any iron got into the food, I considered it a good thing. It's an essential nutrient, after all
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Simple answer: No Before I got my Calphalon cookware, I cooked tomato sauces and other acidic recipes in my cast-iron skillet for years and never had a problem. If any iron got into the food, I considered it a good thing. It's an essential nutrient, after all
A friend of mine told me that her doctor recommended the use of cast iron to increase iron intake.
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