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Old 05-27-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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After taking a look at the photo, it sounds like it is the enamel inside the pan that is flaking off. And if that is the case, for me personally, I would toss the pan in the trash. You don't know what chemicals are used in making the enamel. And keep the flatmate away from the stove.

Also another note. Please put the batteries back into the smoke alarm. Next time it goes off, open the windows and wave a towel at the alarm to keep the smoke away from it. But never take the batteries out. Too dangerous. With a flatmate that dosn't know how to cook on low heat, you could all be in some serious trouble some day.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:39 PM   #12
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Cast iron is almost indestructible. Yours is fine. The black is carbon build-up, which makes it sort of like non-stick. That "crud" will turn into non-stick as it wears in.

If you want there are many methods to re-start the seasoning process. One way is to take the pan back to raw iron. I have many many cast iron pans and have found the very best way to do this is the electrolysis method. ((look it up on line)) That method involves a tub of water a piece of stainless steel and a battery charger. One lead is hooked to the pan, the other to the stainless steel (they act as electrodes) Then when the current from the battery charger passes through it takes all the carbon off the pan and to the stainless steel electrode. IT IS VERY VERY EFFECTIVE.

I use it to take collector cast iron back to factory new. The key is immediately after removing from the tub of water you MUST PUT IT IN AN OVEN TO DRY OR IT WILL RUST BEFORE YOUR EYES (no protection) So put a little oil/crisco/bacon fat or whatever on the pan and start the re-season process.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #13
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Another option is to spray it with oven cleaner and put it in a plastic bag and let it sit for about 48 hours. The plastic bag is to keep it from drying out .
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:51 PM   #14
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If it's not the actually enamel burnt black and flaking off, put some warm water in the pan, then add a thick layer* of baking soda so that all the black is covered. Let the pan sit at least a day. Then scrape off the crust and gently scrub off the residue. The person that had that hot fire going needs to wake up and pay attention. If I owned that pan, I too would be grumpy.
* thick layer means you can not see the enamel through the baking soda. The bottom of the pan looks like cotton.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #15
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Cast iron is almost indestructible. Yours is fine. The black is carbon build-up, which makes it sort of like non-stick. That "crud" will turn into non-stick as it wears in.

If you want there are many methods to re-start the seasoning process. One way is to take the pan back to raw iron. I have many many cast iron pans and have found the very best way to do this is the electrolysis method. ((look it up on line)) That method involves a tub of water a piece of stainless steel and a battery charger. One lead is hooked to the pan, the other to the stainless steel (they act as electrodes) Then when the current from the battery charger passes through it takes all the carbon off the pan and to the stainless steel electrode. IT IS VERY VERY EFFECTIVE.

I use it to take collector cast iron back to factory new. The key is immediately after removing from the tub of water you MUST PUT IT IN AN OVEN TO DRY OR IT WILL RUST BEFORE YOUR EYES (no protection) So put a little oil/crisco/bacon fat or whatever on the pan and start the re-season process.
Probably not a good idea to do this as the pan is enameled cast iron.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:43 PM   #16
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Easy

Simply scrub out cast iron pan with a metal scrubber, rinse, dry very well,
rub all over with cooking oil, heat to moderate 300 degrees on stove top or in oven for 25 min.
Cool.
Rub in another thin coat of cooking oil. Heat cool process again.
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Simply scrub out cast iron pan with a metal scrubber, rinse, dry very well,
rub all over with cooking oil, heat to moderate 300 degrees on stove top or in oven for 25 min.
Cool.
Rub in another thin coat of cooking oil. Heat cool process again.

Probably not a good idea to do this as the pan is enameled cast iron.
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stained enamelware...place in a large pot, fill to cover with water, add 1/2 c. chlorine bleach, cover, bring to a rolling boil, turn off burner and let soak, covered.
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Put it inside a self-cleaning oven, (yours, a friend's, a neighbor's, a relative's) and clean the oven. It should come out looking brand spanking new.
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Probably not a good idea to do this as the pan is enameled cast iron.
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Put it inside a self-cleaning oven, (yours, a friend's, a neighbor's, a relative's) and clean the oven. It should come out looking brand spanking new.

What Andy said...
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