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Old 01-01-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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Crazy for cast iron!

I got a 7 qt cast iron Dutch oven for Christmas and it came with a little catalog with basically everything cast iron you could ever want in it lol! Now instead of sugarplums I'm going to be dreaming of cast iron muffin tins, and loaf pans, griddles, and mini skillets LOLOL


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Old 01-01-2017, 04:24 PM   #2
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I'm dreaming about this.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:31 PM   #3
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Cool Skittle, long time no see. You've been missed.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:19 PM   #4
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Oh wow, that's cool cake!!

Nice to see you, Fiona! My husband actually reminded me of this group by asking if I still come on here lol. I said, "No, but I should!"


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Old 03-21-2017, 09:20 PM   #5
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Krumkake Cast Iron

Hello all! I'm new here. I saw something about cast iron and jumped on in! I just purchased (on ebay) a cast iron Krumkake iron! My mother had one from a friend who brought it from Norway. Just wanted to tell others who love cast iron. My hubby just doesn't quite get it.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:39 AM   #6
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Welcome to DC, Armecia Lee...
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #7
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How do you clean your cast iron?
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:42 AM   #8
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Welcome to DC, Georgia Bloom..

There are a number of schools of thought concerning CI cleaning..

Mine has served me well for 40 years...
Assuming your CI is well seasoned (Lodge makes perfectly seasoned CI) I just clean with hot water (no cleansing soaps) dry it thoroughly and set it on a hot burner for a couple of minutes.. I find no need to oil it before letting it cool down and putting it away..

Others use various methods and, I'm certain will post them here...

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Old 04-21-2017, 11:07 AM   #9
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I like anything made out of cast iron, where appropriate, and not just in cookware.
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I like anything made out of cast iron, where appropriate, and not just in cookware.

I agree... Historic markers and plaques, hinges, latches, columns, balusters, stairs, decorative features, Iron Maidens...
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:15 PM   #11
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How do you clean your cast iron?
After frying in CI pan, I let hot tap water sit in the pan for half an hour or so. I then use a stiff dish wand brush and use a bit more hot tap water, not for an extended time tho. I switch the water to cold and scrub it with the brush. No soap, ever! The reason I limit scrubbing with hot water and use cold water is that I've found the pans seasoned coating doesn't get damaged. I use to use hot water exclusively and found it partially removed the pans non-stick seasoned properties, requiring me to re-season the pan.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:33 PM   #12
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I use a plastic scraper that came with my Pampered Chef stoneware pans. No soap, just hot water and scrubbing. Then I put the cast iron pan on my gas stove on a low flame to dry it thoroughly. Rub it with about a half teaspoon of oil and stow it away.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:36 PM   #13
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I use hot water and dish soap and a scrubber to clean my CI skillets.

Once your CI is well-seasoned, soap is fine. Mild soap, not detergent.

The most important step is making sure it's completely dried after washing. I dry mine out with a paper towel and then put it on a burner for a minute or so.

Then I apply the thinnest coat of oil and wipe very clean.

The "no soap" rule is a kitchen myth.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:41 PM   #14
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The "no soap" rule is a kitchen myth.
Not if you're just starting out getting a seasoning going. Too hot a water and scrubbing with soap will remove it, believe me. Cleaning my CI pans gently and minimally allowed for the seasoning to buildup. Perhaps it would do fine now, but I'm still carefull not to overdo it when cleaning my CI.
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Not if you're just starting out getting a seasoning going. Too hot a water and scrubbing with soap will remove it, believe me. Cleaning my CI pans gently and minimally allowed for the seasoning to buildup.
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Once your CI is well-seasoned, soap is fine. Mild soap, not detergent.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:43 AM   #16
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Yes.

What I said was soap is ok when your CI is well seasoned.
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:44 AM   #17
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Don't cook anything very acid in your unlined CI - it will ruin it.

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Old 04-24-2017, 09:47 AM   #18
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I have more than a few pieces and have been cooking with a Griswold since I was a kid, 60+ years. I use Joy with no worries. Frying fish with canola or peanut oil does a great job freshening up a skillet.
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:14 AM   #19
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Frying fish with canola or peanut oil does a great job freshening up a skillet.

You may be the first person in history to claim that frying fish freshens anything!
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:21 AM   #20
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I catch a fair amount of ling cod and halibut which does not smell bad when frying. My wife would agree about the the rock fish. I like them but she doesn't, even after soaking in milk for 4 hours. Lately I've been frying salmon but use an All Clad non stick for it.

As far as acid foods go, I'll make chili in the dutch oven and the tomatoes don't hurt it at all.
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