Originally Posted by Bigjim68
If you want to get good cast iron cookware almost free, check out yard sales. They generally come several in a set for very little money. Look for "estate" sales. I have given away dozens of cast iron items to those just starting out. Generally I purchased a box to get at one item that I wanted. I don't trust old cookware seasoning, and use soap, steel wool, and boiling salt water to bring out the old grease and start over. I don't understand pre-seasoned Lodge. Seasoning is acquired with use, and it is my understanding that you have to do that anyway. The new Lodge pans that I have seen do not have a polished interior. The ones that I acquired and used were difficult to clean due to the rough surface. Think that I will stick with my old ones.
I had an old cast iron pan that was cleaned and reseasoned a LOT! I would use 1000 grit emory cloth on it and eventually it took on a smooth glasslike finish. I didn't have to season it after awhile, nothing stuck because it was so smooth!
Someone gave me a differant cast iron skillet, one with a rough surface, and it did not impress me. I was going to sell it at a yard sale and I think I sold the wrong one, I cannot find my smooth one, only the rough one.
I would like another cast iron skillet but do not buy into the "seasoned" koolaid. I wonder if I could get take a sander to a non seasoned one and speed up the wear.
I can't believe I lost my cast iron skillet!
I don't live alone so maybe it wasn't me.