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Dandelion
06-02-2011, 11:46 PM
So I had this wonderful cast iron pan I used for everything. After reading this blog (http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/) I think I was doing it all wrong and the seasoning I thought I had was just built up crustiness. The bottom wasn't flat and clean at all. So I started over (http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/01/perfect-popovers-and-how-to-clean-reseason-cast-iron/) by using lye (oven cleaner) and now I'm in the black rust stage (http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/02/black-rust-and-cast-iron-seasoning/).

Here's a good place to start: Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To (http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/01/a-science-based-technique-for-seasoning-cast-iron/)

I'll let ya know how it goes...

The.Protist
06-03-2011, 09:48 AM
Built up crustiness seems to work OK for me. I just worry when i switch from making burgers to pancakes and getting weird flavors. Though I didn't know about this black rust, and I'm still not sure how to recognize it.

Lentil
06-03-2011, 02:06 PM
This is fascinating to me. I've been sort of wanting a cast iron pan, but I guess they aren't good with glass/ceramic cook tops (too heavy so they might crack the surface, and they can retain heat too much and trigger the burner to shut off). But it might be nice to have some cast iron for baking. I would love to veganize a recipe for German/Dutch Baby Pancakes (http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/GermanPancake.htm).

I'll be interested to hear how this goes!

Dandelion
06-05-2011, 03:54 PM
Here's another interesting cast iron cult blog. Looks like I got a bum brand (Lodge). I may try for a Griswold via ebay.

I stripped my pan down three times like so:

•Don protective wear, open all windows, hold breath, and spray liberally with lye. Stuff it in a plastic bag and let sit overnight.
•The next day I scrubbed it clean and heated it up to dry. Then started all over.
Did that 3 times. The bottom was smooth clean but I didn't get all the sides, it was enough for me. :skull:
•Then I baked it at 200 until it was dry and let it cool enough for me to cover it in a thin layer of flax oil. It was silver with alotta red rust but once I coated it with flax and baked it at 500 it all turned dark and smooth. I'm gonna coat with flax and bake for an hour at 500 for about 6 times before I start using it again.

quagga
06-06-2011, 01:59 AM
I have a ceramic cooktop and I've used cast iron on it with no problem.

By the way, I love my Creuset enameled cast iron is way more than I ever loved standard cast iron. It has a steep starting price, but can wash it. And you never have to mess around with built up crustiness or reseasoning.

Lentil
06-06-2011, 10:47 AM
I have a ceramic cooktop and I've used cast iron on it with no problem.

By the way, I love my Creuset enameled cast iron is way more than I ever loved standard cast iron. It has a steep starting price, but can wash it. And you never have to mess around with built up crustiness or reseasoning.

Hmm. Interesting. I've heard varying reports -- some people say they're fine, and other have broken their cooktops or been unable to use the cast iron because the burner would automatically turn off on them. I'm sort of chicken about breaking things, and we can't afford a new cooktop/stove, so I'm probably not going to risk it. But I have been contemplating if it would be worth the trouble to try using cast iron on top of a flame tamer/diffuser rather than directly on the ceramic.

vegankitty
06-09-2011, 06:15 PM
Here's another interesting cast iron cult blog. Looks like I got a bum brand (Lodge). I may try for a Griswold via ebay.
n.

Is their a link for the cast iron cult blog? I have a Lodge cast iron pan but I haven't seasoned it yet. I have all inexpensive cookware because I bought it when I was poor and since it works perfectly well I see no reason to replace it. And I am cheap. :)

Dandelion
06-09-2011, 08:41 PM
Is their a link for the cast iron cult blog?

Whoops sorry, forgot the link! :)
http://www.richsoil.com/cast-iron.jsp