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Old 01-05-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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My cast iron pan always leaves black stain

I bought a Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron pan recently, and every time after cleaning (with hot water) and wiping it with paper towel, the pan always leaves obvious black stain on the paper towel. Is this normal?

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Old 01-05-2006, 02:37 PM   #2
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I have not used the pre-seasoned pans, but I know that is normal with the regular cast iron pans. As you use the pan more and build up the seasoning this will go away eventually.
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Old 01-07-2006, 01:04 PM   #3
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thanks for your response. by the way, I've eventually decided to re-season my pan. What type of oil do you recommend? I've used Mazola's canola + corn oil blend, but was unsatisfied with the result, as it left a very unpleasant, oily smell to my pan every time it's heated up.

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Old 01-07-2006, 01:08 PM   #4
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I would recommend using Crisco. It will not go rancid on you.
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Another vote for Crisco.
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Old 01-10-2006, 11:10 PM   #6
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Yes, that is normal. It will build up after use and finally you will have coated it with much oil it will be okay, but will still put the burnt stuff on your paper towel.
Just keep any water away from it. I clean mine just after cooking something (while it's hot) by pouring out the grease, then with a kind of heavy clean cloth (wash rag type towel) I just wipe it out and try never to put any water in the pan. (I know the directions say hot water but I never learned that way.)
I scrape all of the "stuff" out. Then I pour out most of the grease and then just wipe it out and make sure you leave some of the grease in the pan to protect it or else put some in to "butter" it for protection against rust.
And I put a piece of parchement over it also to keep it clean.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:13 PM   #7
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just keep working with it. be patient.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:00 PM   #8
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I gotta get my two cents in on this one! I had the same problem untill I learned to take care of my "Cast-Iron". Learning the hard-way, I have found this:
Pre-heat the oven to 450-475 deg F.
When it is hot you may proceed:
A brand new cast-iron needs a good cleaning with hot, soapy water. Rinse, dry thouroughly and immediatly set onto a Med-Hi burner to heat up. As the moisture evaporates, begin to wipe the cast-iron with Crisco. Allow the Crisco to melt into the "pores". Work from the inside center outward. Include all surfaces, even the handle. When you think it is well coated, place in the oven for one hour, if you can stand it. Thirty min otherwise. Then turn the oven off. BUT..leave the cast-iron in the oven for all to cool.
WA-LA ! You have "seasoned" your cast-iron for the first time!
After my cast-iron has been "seasoned", it never again touches water.
I use it for "grease" stuff only.
It stays clean always, because, when done, I empty/scrape the cast-iron. And then follow with a good scrubbing My "scrubbing" is the pouring in of table salt, (is real cheap), and scrubbing with paper towels. I repeat as necessary.
Besides the cast-iron being real clean, it also has just been "germ-proofed" ! The salt does it.
On those occasions where my cast-iron gets, "violated", with water. I simply start all over.
Please note: The above process is a "hand" method, which must be performed from Start-to-Finish at one time. Any delay between the water and the greasing will allow rust to form. And that will be a taste you will not like.
Also, No Dishwashers for Cast-Iron. Period.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:49 PM   #9
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There it is!
Chatwon has said it all!
This is the final word! Wonderful and great advice about iron pans. Enough said.
Everone just save the message and heed it for iron pans.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:12 AM   #10
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Part of that is what I explained in another thread.

But if you don't want to go though that long slow dragged-out process with future cast iron pans, you CAN get them preseasoned. Lodge, a well-respected cast iron cookware co. that's been around for maybe a century or more, DOES make & sell preseasoned cookware now.

They also have different styles, and noe they have porcelain-coated designer colors as well. You can visit their website at http://www.lodgemfg.com.


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