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Old 09-22-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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Is my cast iron ruined?

Okay, so here's the story in a nut shell..

My mom just gave me a cast iron dutch oven a couple months ago. I seasoned it, used it once (loved it), then loaned it to a family member (mistake...) She apparently made some kind of stew, kept the leftovers in the dutch oven, and left it in the fridge for around 4 weeks. When it was finally removed, it was filled to the rim with mold. She's apologized, and offered to replace it, but I just wanted to know if it was for sure ruined. I know youre not suppose to clean cast iron with soap.. and i've scrubed it with hot water the best that I can, but there's still some redish spots on it from the stew she made. If I scrub it again real good, and re season it, is it safe to use?

Thanks for any help.

-Crissy :)

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Old 09-22-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Scour the DO clean. Use soap, BKF, scouring pads, sandpaper. Get it nice and clean, then reseason it. It will be as good as new.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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Oh great, thanks Andy. For some reason, I thought that if you even used soap on it once it would ruin it. Makes sense, as long as you re season it. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:37 PM   #4
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The cast iron pans are virtually indistactable.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:45 PM   #5
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Soap won't ruin it. The worst it will do is remove the seasoning. You can always re-season.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:55 AM   #6
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It's perfectly fine to use soap on seasoned cast iron.

Scrub that baby out with soap and hot water.

I'd disinfect it by putting it in a hot oven, too. Maybe take that opportunity to reseason if need be.
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:18 PM   #7
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You can definitely fix it! But I bet it will be a cold day in He!! before you loan that family member one of your good pots again!
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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Cast iron... if it isn't in 2 pieces, it isn't ruined, LOL!
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:08 PM   #9
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Make them replace it!!! Then you have two!!! Mwah ha ha! (please fill in appropriate evil laugh sound effect)
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #10
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LOL, you guys are great, Thanks everyone!
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