Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cast Ironing

So, I have a cast iron skillet, which I barely use because I don't get it.  I thought I would ask you, my lovely readers, for tips.

English tips.  Many tips.  Or no tips at all.  No tips of any kind.  (Movie quote, anyone??)

If you have ideas for me on cleaning or cooking with or care, please help me!  I feel like when I clean it, it ends up having rust spots.

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  1. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/preparation/cleaning-seasoning-cast-iron-skillet-10000001178519/index.html

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  2. You'll have to talk to Chico when we get there. He LOVES his cast iron skillet and knows how to care for it and season it. I, on the other hand, have no idea how to take care of one!

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  3. I LOVE my cast iron skillet, and I use it for a variety of things. Here's why they're so great - they're versatile, and they're one of the few pans that you can safely move from the range into the oven.

    I bought mine at Williams-Sonoma for $20, and it was pre-seasoned. When I'm done cooking things in it, I run it under very, very hot water, and use a special brush I bought at the grocery store (only special because I only use this brush for the pan) for pennies that has stiff bristles.

    DO NOT USE dishwashing soap, or any soap at all! The hot water is enough, because it gets the pan piping hot again. After I'm done cleaning it, I wipe it down with paper towels, and while it's still hot to the touch, I put a bit of vegetable oil on another paper towel and rub the skillet down again. Voila. All done.

    The flavors you get when you cook in it are amazing, because everything you've cooked in it before are all still there in the "seasoning".

    If your pan is rusted, I would highly encourage you to buy another one and start over with it.

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  4. I love my iron skillet but I have a smooth top electric cooking range. You can not use cast iron on it, but I use it in the oven. I cook my cornbread in it!

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  5. My Nan-nan gave me 2 of hers the last time I was home and one is a little mini one and I make mini cornbread in it. I just wet it and wipe it with a paper towel. Also there is a new restaurant on Yale called jus mac and they only make varieties of mac and cheese and they serve them in mini cast iron skillets and they are DELISH. If yours is rusted (especially on the inside) get a new one FO SHO.

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