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Old 10-27-2007, 01:09 PM   #11
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michael, i tried that but i ended up with this:



not so good for seasoning cast iron, but very pretty...
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Old 10-27-2007, 03:14 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
Take a sheet of paper towel and fold it in half 3 times {in one direction} ... turn it 90-degrees and fold it in half 2 times. Now, hold onto the free ends and use the other half (the bottom of the "U") to rub the oil into the pan. It only takes a couple of seconds.

If you are worried still - use a pair of tongs to hold the paper towel.

You can also grip the wad of paper towel with tongs if you were using them while cooking.
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:00 PM   #13
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Healthiest cookware 1) tin lined copper. tin is completely non reactive and contains no chrome ornickle which SS does which may cause some people issues. 2) soapstone, which also heats quickly and cools down slowly and cooks evenly but can crack if impropperly seasoned or dropped or thermally shocked.

I enjoy using both of the above from time to time, but stainless lined copper is easier to deal with for many recipes and my "restaurant pans" are aluminum and I'm not dead nor are most of us. I also insist on stick free pans for eggs, pancakes, etc.

glass can be fully inert but is really pretty bad for top of the stove cooking. Has some purpose in the oven.

And I agree with Caine...my 100+ year old Griswold pan has never been sick a day in its cast iron life.
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:45 PM   #14
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While SS contains both nickle and chromium, it is not 'available'. SO has a nickle allergy and SS is simply not a problem. The nickle in the SS does not leech into the food.
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From what I know, Tin lined cooper and Stainless Steel (SS) are the safest and most practical to use. Although SS contains Nickel and Chromium, the amount released at cooking temperature is negligible to the human body.
I own both type of cookware and tin is easier to clean.

I would not recomment using Non-Stick coated cookware since these materials release gases/compounds.
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