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Old 09-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #11
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I have a couple of blades from old spatulas which I use for scraping pretty much everything, including CI. I never use soap, and water only sparingly. I find that scraping off the crud while still warm works best for me. If this is new Lodge, the crud probably is sticking in the valleys in the pan, and you cannot scrape it clean except with something soft. Not a Lodge fan myself.
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:41 PM   #12
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I checked the Lodge site and nowhere does it say to use kosher salt and a paper towel. Here's what I found Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - America's Original Cookware - South Pittsburg, TN USA
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:15 PM   #13
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I checked the Lodge site and nowhere does it say to use kosher salt and a paper towel. Here's what I found Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - America's Original Cookware - South Pittsburg, TN USA
I checked with the Lodge people a few years ago when I first started using their products and they said NEVER use salt to clean cast iron. It could cause the metal to pit. Cast iron will develop a very smooth, satin finish after several uses. Stiff brush, no soap, and very hot water. I soak my pan in extremely hot water if something sticks, which is very seldom and by the time I'm done with dinner whatever is stuck is loosened off.
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:46 PM   #14
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I checked the Lodge site and nowhere does it say to use kosher salt and a paper towel. Here's what I found Lodge Cast Iron Cookware - America's Original Cookware - South Pittsburg, TN USA
Oh maybe I read that on Cooks Illustrated..
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #15
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A teflon safe scrubbing sponge is my preference. In tough cases, a bit of unscented dish detergent.

A plastic putty knife/scraper is also handy in some cases and won't scratch the pan. The little plastic razors from Lee Valley look like they'd do a good job too but I've not tried them yet. http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page...=2,42194,40727
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:50 PM   #16
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Did you try soaking it in some vinegar, this seems to clean just about anything.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:46 AM   #17
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Soaking it in vinegar will strip the seasoning. Don't do it.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:51 AM   #18
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Soaking it in vinegar will strip the seasoning. Don't do it.
It's not a big deal to scrub the pan to remove leftover food. Only takes a few minutes to reseason it. Even after scrubbing my CI pans with hot soapy water and a scotch brite, you'd be amazed how well the seasoning stays put.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:56 PM   #19
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A teflon safe scrubbing sponge is my preference. In tough cases, a bit of unscented dish detergent.

A plastic putty knife/scraper is also handy in some cases and won't scratch the pan. The little plastic razors from Lee Valley look like they'd do a good job too but I've not tried them yet. Double-Edged Plastic Razor Blades - Lee Valley Tools
Disagree about any dish detergent. CI is one thing soap of any kind should touch.

Totally love the plastic razors though. Those are cool.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:00 PM   #20
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It's not a big deal to scrub the pan to remove leftover food. Only takes a few minutes to reseason it. Even after scrubbing my CI pans with hot soapy water and a scotch brite, you'd be amazed how well the seasoning stays put.
Sorry to disagree but the oil seasoning is done so that the open pores of the iron will seal shut. If you use detergent or soap of any kind, you strip the oil away thus losing the seaoning. No CI mfg. recommends using soap. Just very hot water and non metal pad. BTW using vinegar will strip away the seasoning and leave a metallic taste on your food. This is why CI mfg. recommend using your pan several times before cooking with acid of any kind (lemon juice, vinegar, tomatoes etc.)
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