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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Another way to warp a cast iron pan is to put it in water while it is still hot. I saw my dad do it. When he put it in the water, it made this loud gong, and now it is somewhat rounded on the bottom and rocks. It's still my favorite skillet, though. Nothing ever sticks to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:00 am 
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Miss Jayme Kat wrote:
Another way to warp a cast iron pan is to put it in water while it is still hot. I saw my dad do it. When he put it in the water, it made this loud gong, and now it is somewhat rounded on the bottom and rocks. It's still my favorite skillet, though. Nothing ever sticks to it.



Totally. Though I'm guessing it would have had to be REALLY hot for this to happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:16 am 
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...every time I see this subject, I want to post something like "HARR DURR HARR CAAAST IIIROOOOON DURRRRRRRRR"

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:34 pm 
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I am resurrecting this useful thread. I wonder about using metal utensils in a cast iron pan. Won't a metal spatula scrape take the seasoning off? (I cook without oil, so I'm used to scraping hard.) And if I bake cornbread in it and cut it with a knife, won't the knife damage it?

Also, would virgin sunflower oil work for seasoning instead of flax or shortening? (It's the only oil I have and I have no other use for it, so I would rather not buy another oil I have no other use for.)

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:50 pm 
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Metal utensils are fine, and knives are fine. They're tough. Though cooking in them without oil seems difficult at first?

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:04 pm 
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strawberryrock wrote:
Metal utensils are fine, and knives are fine. They're tough. Though cooking in them without oil seems difficult at first?


It's used so I supposed it would already be seasoned (unless the previous owner didn't take care of it, so I wasn't sure). I cooked with it tonight without oil and it didn't stick, using a wooden spatula gently to be on the safe side. I'll try with a metal spatula next time, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:54 pm 
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I only use metal spatulas (and wooden spoons) in ours.

ETA: And I have for years. And they are in excellent shape! No problems at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:17 am 
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Yes, I would only use metal spatulas in mine. I used a silicone type spatula for a time and the bottom of my skilled got gunked up with rancid oil after a while that imparted a horrid flavor to all my food, I googled and discovered that metal utensils are recommended for this very reason--to keep it scraped of such gunk! Love my cast iron cookware but there's a bit more of a learning curve about it than with other cookware. Worth it!

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 Post subject: Re: Cast Iron Skillet: Talk to me like I'm an idiot
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:39 pm 
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Thanks to both of you. I was wondering whether I should buy a silicon spatula, I won't bother.

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