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Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« on: March 09, 2019, 01:23:40 PM »
Got a "new" pan that turned out better than any I have tried refurbishing. I followed the Field Company's seasoning recommendation to use Grapeseed oil and am thrilled with it. I ended up doing four seasoning coats.

Here is their procedure, summed up....

1. Preheat oven to 200, put pan in for 10 minutes, remove pan. Increase oven to 300.

2. Use a clean paper towel to rub the oil (I just spritzed it enough to cover) in concentric circles, then take a fresh paper towel and wipe up all the residue. Repeat on the bottom and handle with ľ teaspoon of grapeseed oil. Thatís itóno more oil than that. When youíre done wiping up excess oil, the pan should look dry, with a dull matte finish.

3. Put in at 300 for 10 minutes, remove, bump temp top 400, wipe down with dry paper towel to remove any excess oil that has formed from heating.

4. Cook at 400 for one hour, let cool in oven for a while after before removing. Or cool to 200 and repeat.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 01:35:01 PM »
Looking good! Im gonna try flaxseed oil, heard its supposed to be pretty tough, I'll get around to doing a dutch oven i picked up a few years ago and report back
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 09:10:29 PM »
I figured I'd follow the guidlelines of a high end cast iron producer as far as using the grape seed oil.  Be sure to post some photos.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2019, 09:41:40 PM »
Nice work.   

I've used avacado oil on some of mine, I understand that it has the hottest smoke point of all food oils.

I had some truly ancient ones that belonged to my grandparents (b. 1898 to 1908  d. 1967 to 1996), so they are all old.   And a couple were absolutely thick with old oil etc.   I put them all in the oven on self clean, and then seasoned pretty much as you described.

I use them a lot, and if they get stuck on food, I use an SOS pad and then lightly season anew.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 08:38:52 AM »
Nice work.   

I've used avacado oil on some of mine, I understand that it has the hottest smoke point of all food oils.

I had some truly ancient ones that belonged to my grandparents (b. 1898 to 1908  d. 1967 to 1996), so they are all old.   And a couple were absolutely thick with old oil etc.   I put them all in the oven on self clean, and then seasoned pretty much as you described.

I use them a lot, and if they get stuck on food, I use an SOS pad and then lightly season anew.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 09:27:31 AM »
Great work, thanks for posting! I've never heard of using grape seed oil, I used avocado oil on my last 2 seasoning jobs and it's held up well. I love cooking with my antique griswolds!
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 09:37:20 AM »
Do you use the cast iron on your glasstop? 

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2019, 09:49:16 AM »
I have a gas range, but my parents use their cast iron on a glass top all the time
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2019, 10:03:02 AM »
I use mine on glasstop as well.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2019, 10:15:16 AM »
Me too.  I just don't "shake" the cast iron on the surfaces. 
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 10:37:02 AM »
Ok.  I always "thought" that cast iron on glass tops was a big no no, but in my research I have found that as long as you pay attention to the size of the burner compared to the pan and be aware of the overall weight that  you should be fine. 

Sounds like I should just go for it.  :tup:

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2019, 10:39:32 AM »
Ok.  I always "thought" that cast iron on glass tops was a big no no, but in my research I have found that as long as you pay attention to the size of the burner compared to the pan and be aware of the overall weight that  you should be fine. 

Sounds like I should just go for it.  :tup:

I had a hard time for a while finding the right temperature.  My oven goes from 1-9 and for cast iron i usually keep it around 5.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2019, 01:13:21 PM »
How did you clean it before you treated it?
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2019, 01:18:28 PM »
Ok.  I always "thought" that cast iron on glass tops was a big no no, but in my research I have found that as long as you pay attention to the size of the burner compared to the pan and be aware of the overall weight that  you should be fine. 

Sounds like I should just go for it.  :tup:

I had a hard time for a while finding the right temperature.  My oven goes from 1-9 and for cast iron i usually keep it around 5.

I have found 3 or 4 works well for me.  Took some trial and error and burnt meals to dial that in!
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2019, 07:53:05 PM »
How did you clean it before you treated it?

In oven on three hour self-cleaning cycle. It will turn any oils into ash. This pan was done with too heavy of a coat that left the outside kind of brown and tacky. Then I used steel wool to buff out as much rust as possible. Depending on the amount of rust, you might have to start very coarse (even emory cloth) and work finer.

Do you use the cast iron on your glasstop? 

Absolutely!  You will notice a pan that is not flat more on glass though. One of my 9's bulges a little when it heats up, but with the nice distribution of heat by the cast iron it cooks just fine.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2019, 07:57:43 PM »
First two photos are of a #6 Wagner that I found at Goodwill.  I could not even tell what brand it was until after cleaning.

The second two are of a #9 Lodge that a friend gave me. It had been neglected a bit.  These two I used Crisco for the seasoning.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2019, 09:20:37 PM »
Those two are impressive. Thanks for sharing, Loki.
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 01:40:03 PM »
My Mama told me.......ďWhen you are done cooking, never put the pan in a sink of detergent water. Just let it cool until is just warm to the touch and wipe it out with a paper towel.  It is already sanitary.  It will come clean as a whistle.Ē  She then mumbled with a smile, ďItís like a man.  You canít go and scrub and try to change all of his blemishes. He has built those over a lifetime. You learn to oil and bake him, and give him character, and taste.Ē (Daddy turned out just fine!) Thanks, Mama.
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2019, 01:47:25 PM »
I have a real hard time with the cleaning part.  I have tried to just wipe out with paper towels, but there are times where stuff is still stuck and required scrubbing. Should i bake it instead of that is the case?  Still learning when it comes to cast iron.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2019, 02:26:45 PM »
I have a real hard time with the cleaning part.  I have tried to just wipe out with paper towels, but there are times where stuff is still stuck and required scrubbing. Should i bake it instead of that is the case?  Still learning when it comes to cast iron.

I have a steel scraper and a wire mesh scrub pad. I usually scrape wipe  then put in the oven at 200 till it hits the temp and then turn off the oven.
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2019, 04:05:51 PM »
Look great, nice work.

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2019, 09:02:15 PM »
Look great, nice work.

Thanks.
I have a real hard time with the cleaning part.  I have tried to just wipe out with paper towels, but there are times where stuff is still stuck and required scrubbing. Should i bake it instead of that is the case?  Still learning when it comes to cast iron.

I wash mine with soap and water. It might take me longer to build up that ultra slick coat, but I'm fine with that. If you bake it too hot (>400), you will destroy the good stuff on it as well.

Let's see some other before and after photos!

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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2019, 06:51:57 AM »
I scrub mine with a plastic bristled brush and warm water after use until it is clean.  Then I pop it back on the burner that is still warm and put some oil in it before putting it away.

Fastest way I have found to build up the coat after seasoning is to cook lots of bacon!
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2019, 09:55:55 AM »
I scrub mine with a plastic bristled brush and warm water after use until it is clean.  Then I pop it back on the burner that is still warm and put some oil in it before putting it away.

Fastest way I have found to build up the coat after seasoning is to cook lots of bacon!

 :yeah:

When I am seasoning a new cast iron skillet I cook nothing but bacon in it for about a year.  I just drain most of the grease out after I cook the bacon and let it sit until I cook bacon again.  After a year it will be non stick no matter what you cook in it.
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Re: Cast Iron - Before and After Shots
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2019, 11:11:50 AM »
Cleaning cast iron after cooking is very easy.  Put 1/2" to 1" of water in and bring to a boil.  If you have really stuck on grime you can use a metal spatula to lightly scrape (it won't take much).  Dump contents and wipe out with a paper towel.  Rinse with hat / warm tap water.  Place back on the stove top to dry on a hot burner.  When all the water is evaporated off hit it with oil, oil spray or whatever you preferred method of seasoning is and remove from burner to cool.  It is ready to be used the next night.   :tup: :tup:

 


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