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  • randnday commented on iPodGuy's instructable Tool Tips Guide: Cast Iron Cookware6 months ago
    Tool Tips Guide: Cast Iron Cookware

    After 45 years of cooking with various pieces of cast iron cookware (being a little 70's hippy chick who bought "appalling old junk" (per my mother-in-law) like Wagner & Griswold pans at rummage sales) I wanted to see if there were any new suggestions for how to treat a really rusted, but great, rectangular fish-frying pan with feet I found at an antique store for my son-in-law who has developed a love of old cast iron. That's how I found this guide. I had never even heard of or considered cleaning my pots & pans in a fire. I have to admit, however, that sometime in the 80's when we scored our very first self-cleaning oven, I never again labored much over cleaning old pans. I just put the iron ware, with whatever had build-up or other crud I couldn't scrub off, into th...see more »After 45 years of cooking with various pieces of cast iron cookware (being a little 70's hippy chick who bought "appalling old junk" (per my mother-in-law) like Wagner & Griswold pans at rummage sales) I wanted to see if there were any new suggestions for how to treat a really rusted, but great, rectangular fish-frying pan with feet I found at an antique store for my son-in-law who has developed a love of old cast iron. That's how I found this guide. I had never even heard of or considered cleaning my pots & pans in a fire. I have to admit, however, that sometime in the 80's when we scored our very first self-cleaning oven, I never again labored much over cleaning old pans. I just put the iron ware, with whatever had build-up or other crud I couldn't scrub off, into the oven and set it on self-clean. Upset my husband, but he got used to the idea. And, I remember being lectured about the rules of not leaving the racks in the oven when it was set to clean, but my oven racks didn't seem to suffer much, either. I usually cancelled out the self-clean function after about an hour (or it would keep going for 3!) Pans would generally come out with a fine rust dust but all the crud was burned off & it was easy to scrub with steel wool, then season.I've NEVER heard of using food quality mineral oil for seasoning before, though! Thanks for the great new seasoning idea. Will try it today.

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