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Old 07-25-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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Seasoned new CI pan - now it's sticky

So I tried to season my new CI grill pan and ended up with a sticky pan. Apparently I left it in the oven too long and didn't get to wipe out any excess oil (I did turn it upside down). How can I fix this problem? It will probably be two weeks before I can use the oven again. I don't use it when it's hot outside. Gotta conserve money (and energy).

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Old 07-25-2008, 06:34 AM   #2
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Hi, mj1. You could try heating it up to 350 F again nad leaving it in the oven for an hour or more. If that doesn;t work, you'll have to cook off the sticky mess and start over. I use my gas grill for that. Turn it on full blast with pan inside and let it burn off all the crud. You end up with a brand new unseasoned pan.

To start over, coat the pan all over (both sides) with shortening (very little) and put it into a 350 F oven for an hour. Then turn off the oven and leave the pan in to cool down.
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:03 AM   #3
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Like Andy said, very little.
Sounds like you used too much oil the first time.
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Hi, mj1. I use my gas grill for that. Turn it on full blast with pan inside and let it burn off all the crud.
What a GREAT idea!
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:07 AM   #5
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I'm willing to bet you used oil instead of Crisco. Oil will make the pan sticky. I never use it - I only go with Crisco because it "dries" without being sticky.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:28 AM   #6
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Is the food sticking or just the surface feels sticky? If it's just that it FEELS sticky, try cooking with it. My new pans felt sticky after I seasoned them until I actually cooked something in them. Now the sticky feeling is gone and they are as nonstick with the food as my old pans.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:57 PM   #7
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Yes what Andy said is right. Definately use shortning. Oil will make the pan stick almost always.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:39 PM   #8
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Yes what Andy said is right. Definately use shortning. Oil will make the pan stick almost always.
Thank you for saying almost always
I've never had a problem using vegetable oil. You just need to go light, like I said.
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Using oil instead of shortening shouldn't matter. The pan will be sticky if there is too much of either or if it's not heated long enough.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:05 AM   #10
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Yes shortening can get sticky. My first seasoning attempt was with Crisco. I figured if a little was good then more would be better. I was wrong. It did get sticky.

Follow Andy's advice and you will be good to go.
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