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Old 08-22-2014, 09:14 AM   #31
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I reckon I am late to the party on this topic.
Being old enough to know that I ain't got to say how old I am, I have used (or eaten food cooked in) cast iron all my life. No ill effects whatsoever. Matter of fact, I am on no medications for any type of malady (much to my doctor's surprise). Is it the result of using cast iron? Probably not.
Cast iron is, and has been, my preferred cookware. Properly cared for, it can last for several lifetimes.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:16 AM   #32
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...so smooth that fried eggs will slide out of the pan with just a quick shake. The newer cast iron pans have more of a pebbled surface that I do not care for...

True. New CI does not have as smooth a surface as the older stuff.

That said, I can cook eggs in my new CI and have them slide onto a plate with just a shake. While the appearance of the newer pans may be off putting, their performance isn't necessarily inferior.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:34 AM   #33
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They are safe as long as you don't drop them on your toe.


And very dangerous if you throw them at your spouse when s/he is telling you how dangerous your skillet is to cook in.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:49 AM   #34
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Down to the Rendezvous, we have a term for a wife using a frying pan to adjust her husband's attitude....It goes something like "Yeah, he came home drunk the other night and she Griswolded him."
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:52 AM   #35
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Is there something about really old CI pans that makes them any more desirable than todays CI pans?

Different cast iron metal used? 100 years of carbon build up?
Other than the fact my grandma cooked in them, I don't think so. The ones that were at The Lake (Lake of the Woods) were washed in the lake using sand to rub any "gunk" out. My grandma always dried them on the woodstove (which is what we used to cook on) and flipped them over, put a dollop of Crisco in them. Drained the Crisco off into a canning jar and wiped the pan with a paper towel. That's how I take care of my pans--I even have bags of LOW sand handy.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:35 PM   #36
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Honestly, none of that has been a concern for me, most of the cast iron we have has been passed down through at least 3 generations, and none of us have had issues with it. I use cast iron for almost everything and have for almost 3 years with no negative side effects.

The only danger (as stated by Sparrowgrass) is dropping it on your toe!
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And very dangerous if you throw them at your spouse when s/he is telling you how dangerous your skillet is to cook in.
Or being told "You didn't need another pan!"

Of course I need more corn stick pans!
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:16 AM   #38
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I've been cooking with cast iron for more than 40 years. Over that time, most of my hair has fallen out. What remains has turned gray. I've put on weight. I now have aches and pains where none previously existed. So, yes, cooking with cast iron over a long period is dangerous - it causes aging.
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