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Old 10-29-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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Can't clean cast iron pan

Years ago I bought a Lodge cast iron pan, used it once, and burnt something really badly, leaving a burnt residue behind. I tried cleaning it at the time, but couldn't penetrate the surface of the burn mark.

Fast forward to today, I decided to finally dig it out from storage and have another go at it. I scrubbed with a brillo pad for hours minutes, and just managed to get some of the residue off, but it seems that no amount of scrubbing will get it all off (see photos).

Is there another trick to getting this clean so I can finally re-season it and start using it again? Would baking it in the oven help? Or would that just make things worse?

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Old 10-29-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
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Put the pan over high heat or in the oven and let the thing burn off.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:06 PM   #3
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I am re-seasoning my 6" eggs only Lodge skillet. My Dad ran it through the dishwasher...grrrrrrrrr...I am keeping it in my room now.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:08 PM   #4
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Ammonia

I know ammonia takes off burned, caked on on grease in an oven. Might work on cast iron. But WalMart sells Lodge pans pretty cheap, if you have one near you.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:10 PM   #5
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Or possibly one of those spray-on oven cleaning products.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #6
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If the surface is smooth but the stains remain, leave it alone. Add a layer of seasoning then just keep cooking in it. It'll be fine.

If you can't stand it the way it is, put the pan in your oven and run the self cleaning cycle. That will strip the pan down to bare metal taking off the burned on stuff and all the seasoning. Then you can season it all over again.
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Old 10-29-2016, 03:12 PM   #7
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I think you are supposed to use salt and steel wool. We have a good size skillet that accidentally got left outside in the grill for a while and rusted pretty badly. I Googled ways to clean it and I'm pretty sure that was the general consensus.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:01 PM   #8
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Those marks wouldn't cause me the least bit of concern..maybe that's just me.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:13 PM   #9
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Agree, Kay. Mine look like that.
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:07 PM   #10
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I agree with Kayelle and Dawgluver. don't let it bother you.

If you can feel it.. well, there might be some residue there. From the pics I would say there is nothing there. Just a slight colour residue change in the iron. Season it up and away you go. You may always be able to "see" it but not feel it nor will it affect your food.
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