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Question Cast Iron Pan-Help Please!!!

So I just got a brand new, pre-seasoned cast iron pan for Christmas, and after using it for the first time tonight, I have some seriously stuck-on egg residue that I NEED to get off.

Even tho it was pre-seasoned, I decided to season it again by rubbing a thin coat of evoo over the whole surface and sticking it into the oven, upside-down, for an hour at 350F.

Then, I added more oil when I cooked the eggs, but they still stuck to the pan.

I tried scrubbing with a wash cloth, a nylon brush, a nylon scrubby pad, and a steel wool soap pad, and they didn't even touch it. The only thing that seemed to work was scraping it with a butter knife, but, of course, I can't get it all off with the knife. I must have scrubbed for at least 20 minutes.

Of course, all that scrubbing scratched the seasoning off fairly easily, so now the pan is gray except where the egg is stuck on.

Does anyone have any advice for getting my pan clean again? Should I make sure to get all the gunk off before I re-season it (I assume so)?

Thanks in advance for any advice you experienced mamas may have!

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Try putting salt in the pan and scrub.
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Re: Cast Iron Pan-Help Please!!!

Thanks, I'll have to try the salt thing! I did try baking soda, but I suppose salt would be a stronger abrasive? Can I just use table salt?

And Erica, I did add a small amount of oil to the pan before frying the eggs. Guess it wasn't enough?
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Re: Cast Iron Pan-Help Please!!!

you should be able to add salt and oil to the pan and heat it up as if cooking it. When the salt starts to turn a little brown remove from heat. when it is cool enough for you to touch scrub it with a cloth. Hope this helps. Its what my grandma did when I was growing up.
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Thanks, I'll have to try the salt thing! I did try baking soda, but I suppose salt would be a stronger abrasive? Can I just use table salt?

And Erica, I did add a small amount of oil to the pan before frying the eggs. Guess it wasn't enough?
Yeah when it's new you have to add a bunch

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Re: Cast Iron Pan-Help Please!!!

You may to season it few times before you use it again. Oil it up and put in the oven on a low temp for......however long you can. I tend to put in after dinner and turn the oven off before I go to bed. And, you can leave it in the oven the next few times the oven gets used, too.

Check out what type of oil is good for seasoning it too, I use macadamia oil and I have a feeling I read some oils are better than others.


ETA: I can fry eggs in mine, but if I ever try to scramble them, they stick like crazy. I have now invested in a small, very expensive good quality non-stick type pan, which is only ever used for scrambling eggs at a low temp. Hubby knows NOT to use this pan for ANYTHING ELSE !
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You may to season it few times before you use it again. Oil it up and put in the oven on a low temp for......however long you can. I tend to put in after dinner and turn the oven off before I go to bed. And, you can leave it in the oven the next few times the oven gets used, too.

Check out what type of oil is good for seasoning it too, I use macadamia oil and I have a feeling I read some oils are better than others.


ETA: I can fry eggs in mine, but if I ever try to scramble them, they stick like crazy. I have now invested in a small, very expensive good quality non-stick type pan, which is only ever used for scrambling eggs at a low temp. Hubby knows NOT to use this pan for ANYTHING ELSE !
Thanks for the tip on scrambled eggs. These were just fried eggs, though, but I did break the yolks so they would cook quicker. Actually, the messiest spot on the pan is from the egg that I cracked before the pan was hot enough to cook it, so it sat raw on the pan for a couple minutes before it started turning white.

As far as seasoning oil goes, most of the sites I saw talked about using crisco or cooking spray, neither of which I can use because my son has a soy intolerance. So I just used what I had. He also has an egg intolerance, which is why I NEED to get the egg residue off (These eggs were for hubby).
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Re: Cast Iron Pan-Help Please!!!

Not sure if this'll help at all, but I water in my pan to clean it off. Then I can recoat it with veg. oil or bacon grease!
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