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Old 01-30-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Why is this happening to my CI pan??

I clean it with a stiff wire brush and a dry paper towel. Why is the patina flaking off??

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Old 01-30-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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My newer pans look like that but still have a nice slick surface. If it's not sticking in the lighter spots, don't worry about it. I use the green Scotch pads to wash mine and even with that softer scrubber it doesn't stay black like the older pans.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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I would guess not enough oil or something under the layer you have, causing it (the oil) to not stick. Just guesses ...
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #4
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ou should be using a stiff, plastic bristle brush. Until the patina is really baked in after months of use, it can be removed with metalic cleaning implements such as wire brush, steel wool, stainless steel scouring pads, sand, and some cleaners such as Comet.

Remember that the patina is backed on grease, that polymerizes into a hard, slippery, carbon surface. Carbon is softer than is steel. The good thing is that you can re-season the pan.

After re-seasoning the pan, use hot water and a plastic brush to clean. Dry with paper towels, or over a medium flame, then rub a sheen of oil or grease onto the cooking surface before putting the pan away.

After several meals, you will find that like my own CI, it is virtually stick free, like the best non-stick you can purchase. It's a bit of work, but once done, the pan will last a couple lifetimes, and will work with any heat source and food type. What else can you ask from a frying pan?

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