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Old 12-30-2011, 08:22 PM   #11
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I use an oiled crocheted acrylic scrubbie to clean ours.
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I heat mine up to clean them when things are really stuck. Works like a charm
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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!
Oh yeah, fry up some bacon THEN fry your eggs (I break the yolks too, can't stand runny yolks), the eggs don't stick but taste great!
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So this morning I managed to get the rest of the cooked-on egg off by heating some water in the pan and then scrubbing. Then I scrubbed it with some sandpaper (tip I read online last night) to give the pan an even gray color before rubbing oil all over it again for some more re-seasoning. My apartment smells like dirty oven and I hope I don't have to do this too many times before it's useable again.
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^^^ Once your done with that - make sure to cook fatty foods in it the first few times you use it. Liek bacon, ground hamburger (NOT lean!), sausage etc.... Those will help season the pan naturally. Make sure your pan is very well seasoned before trying to cook eggs in it.
If you are going to fry an egg in cast iron - you generally need a layer of oil on the bottom of the pan (bacon grease works best!).
What I do is every time I cook something in the pan I clean it out with a little water & a brush. If something sticks I heat the water in the pan and then scrub it. Then I rinse and dry the pan and set it back on the stover burner on med-high. Once the pan ets hot I rub it down with oil and then turn off the burner, letting the pan set on the hot burner until cool. WIpe off an excess oil so it doesn't go rancid.
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I collect cast iron...is your skillet the heavy duty kind like Lodge brand? The best way to season a cast iron skillet is with meat fat(grease) Never ever ever use soap in a seasoned skillet! If you need to get a really good cleaning(if it gets rusty or built up) build a fire in the fireplace or outside with the skillet at the bottom of the fire. Wait until the fire is completely gone and cool and then take it out. It will need to be re-seasoned. You may have to get all the enamel off the skillet before using it again, but I have never had a enameled skillet.

The best piece of cast iron I have is a 200 year old water kettle. It is in perfect condition! My hubby works at the scrap yard and got it for me for like $3.00!
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The best piece of cast iron I have is a 200 year old water kettle. It is in perfect condition! My hubby works at the scrap yard and got it for me for like $3.00!
That is so cool. My favorite piece is a 1940's wagnerware 8 inch deep skillet. It's so well seasoned now that I can scramble eggs in it with little to no added oil and nothing will stick at all.
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That is so cool. My favorite piece is a 1940's wagnerware 8 inch deep skillet. It's so well seasoned now that I can scramble eggs in it with little to no added oil and nothing will stick at all.
I love showing off my collection! I also have a cast iron cauldron pot from the mid 1800's! The deepest I have, besides the cauldron and my Dutch oven(1900ish) is a six inch deep skillet.

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Yes, it is a Lodge. I actually have it in the oven right now for another re-seasoning. I can't wait until it's well seasoned!
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