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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2024, 10:33:35 PM »
This is a really good set of Griswold Iron Mountain. They made the Iron mountain line in the 1940s. Dutch oven and #8 both with lids fully restored for $225 in Selah. If thay #8 sits flat its a winner.

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2024, 10:55:41 PM »
I have posted on this topic before. Newer cast lodge and Chinese 70s is and newer are garbage but are redeemable. Older cast is superior.. it has everything to do with the casting sand used. Newer cast needs to be sanded and re seasoned. I have a ditch oven 14 in skillet and chicken fryer lodge that was horrible until I sanded them down and re seasoned. Now I love them. I own new. Cast sanded and old Magners and Griswold that I love. I love the old stuff better but once sanded the new stuff is almost as good.

As far as cleaning. Buy a chunk of stainless chain link off Amazon for $5  and it will help a bunch
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2024, 12:19:19 AM »
I only use cast iron, we have Lodge.  Like Special T said sand it smooth and re-season it.  When cleaning use chain mail and warm water only, no soap.  Throw it on the stove and turn up the heat to evaporate all the water then wipe it down with one of the cast iron preservatives on the market or some lard while the pan is hot and let it cool and it is ready for next time.  But using hot water and soap takes the seasoning away.
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2024, 06:56:19 AM »
i have a lot of cast irons and use them regularly.  i used lodges, they are great.  however i did splurge and buy myself a 12" stargazer and it has become my daily driver.  it is SO nice and as an added bonus, while the handle does get hot, it stays cool enough to grab with a bare hand. 

Definitely check out Stargazer

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2024, 07:26:24 AM »
Good luck with a glass top range and cast iron. I think I'd have it scratched up pretty bad.

Cast iron pans have never scratched our glass top stove after many many years of use.

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2024, 07:30:39 AM »
Good luck with a glass top range and cast iron. I think I'd have it scratched up pretty bad.

Cast iron pans have never scratched our glass top stove after many many years of use.

I was just going to post this. I have used cast iron regularly on our glass top for years. If it scratches it I can't tell.
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2024, 09:14:17 AM »
I have a field no. 10 and have used it for the last couple years. I had starting cooking in cast iron with an old Griswold that I refinished. It seemed to be kind of non stick but had a warped bottom. I thought maybe a new piece that had a nice finished bottom may help the non stick situation and sit flat in the stove so we got the field. Iím hoping this thread will help my cast iron cooking situation. I have struggled to keep it even close to non stick. Iím guessing my seanoning technique is the problem. Like someone else had mentioned earlier if I season it every 2 or 3 times I use it it would be very close to non stick but seasoning it every other day isnít gonna happen. I have watched about every video there is on cast iron to figure out where Iím going wrong. A  couple weeks ago the cast finally broke me and I bought a cheap teflon style pan. So I guess Iím not sure there is a whole lot of difference in the cast. Atleast for myself I think itís just learning how to use it.

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2024, 02:26:21 PM »
We use mainly old Griswald, and it works great.  My son found some Finex (made in Portland, OR) at a garage sale for $25 per piece a few years ago.  He's really lucky sometimes.   I think Finex merged with Lodge about 4 or 5 years ago.  As far as I know, Lodge is still made in Tennessee, and is affordable, while Finex is still in Portland, and is out of reach for someone like me.  I did buy a "pre seasoned" Lodge that I cooked upside down for 3 hours to un-season, and then sanded/polished and bought organic Flaxseed oil to season with.  It's awesome now.  The Griswald we have is pre WWII and came from my great uncle who bought it originally.  We have done some blind taste tests, and cast is the way to go if you like good tasting food.  Wish I had my Grandmother's old pot that she made doughnuts in!  It took up all four burners on her stove top.  No idea where it went when she passed.  Don't really know what I'd cook in it nowadays, but it was huge and heavy.  Took me and my cousin to put it on and off the stove.  She rendered in it too.
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2024, 04:18:41 PM »
My favorite accessories are the patch of chain mail and small metal dessert serving spatulas purchased at the restaurant supply store for $2ea. Some things stick less than others but I always use some lard oil or bacon grease when I cook I put a dab in heat it up and coat the pan with the spatula. :twocents:
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2024, 05:42:01 PM »
Soap is safe for cast iron.

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2024, 06:46:32 PM »
Has anyone tried this before?

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2024, 07:15:52 PM »
I have 2 Lodge cast iron pans and use at least one of them pretty much every day. I will clean with soap if necessary, never has been an issue, but after cleaning with soap stuff will stick more. The more you use them the more they are "non-stick".  The biggest reason stuff sticks in them is what you cooked previously in the pan, bacon being the worst. After cooking bacon the next thing I cook will ALWAYS stick bad. But after a couple more uses they are great again.

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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2024, 06:14:29 PM »
We have Lodge , Smithey,  Field , Stargazer and a real cheap one from Amazon that the wife's mom bought her for Christmas.. They are all non stick. Difference from the Lodge to the others ( not the Amazon 1 ) besides price is the others are sanded to a higher level then the Lodge .  The Amazon one must have been cast in gravel,  that's how rough it was . Wife was just going to toss it since it was so bad . I sanded it up the 320 grit inside and out then seasoned it up. It's our camping pan
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2024, 10:50:15 AM »
I have 2 Lodge cast iron pans and use at least one of them pretty much every day. I will clean with soap if necessary, never has been an issue, but after cleaning with soap stuff will stick more. The more you use them the more they are "non-stick".  The biggest reason stuff sticks in them is what you cooked previously in the pan, bacon being the worst. After cooking bacon the next thing I cook will ALWAYS stick bad. But after a couple more uses they are great again.

I'm guessing you like crispy bacon. I think the stickiness stems from higher heat. I often cook my bacon lower and slower rendering more of the fat for cooking onions or eggs. I've only experienced what you describe when I'm forced to overcook bacon.
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Re: Best non stick cast iron?
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2024, 10:58:40 AM »
I own and have tried most of them.  Lancaster https://lancastercastiron.com/ is the one I enjoy using most.  Remember, with all cast iron, you need to use it for a few years before it gets real good. 

 


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