cast iron cooking

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  1. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    They start out looking like this:
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    Then season to this:
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  2. Bulleteer

    Bulleteer Aimless Wanderer

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    Your's is a Lodge 10 1/2" skillet, from the 80's I'd guess. Mine is a D1, and I think I bought it in the late 70's. It has the ground interior, unlike the new Lodge skillets.

    SK is part of their numbering system. It just means skillet. DO means Dutch Oven, CO means Camp Oven, etc. The Lodge logo was added around 1987. The fire ring was changed to a groove around 1993.

    I really like cooking with CI. I use the bare CI mostly for frying. I've recently starting using an enameled CI Dutch oven for braising and stews, mainly because recipes using tomatoes or broth tend to strip the seasoning from the cast iron.

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  3. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    I sure like the patina of the de buyer...I have been ordered by my brother and fishing partner to get one of the Lodge steel pans for our trout fishing trips.

    I hope we like it, he has a bit of an over- seasoning problem with cast. When he gets it first going I have to open all the windows and eventually get a chair to pull the batteries from the smoke detector.

    But I never bitch, he does the cooking and it taste good after the smoke finally clears.
  4. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Those look like nice pans! If I didn't have a pretty good set of CI, I would look into some.
  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    ^^^ Them steel pans.:clapI must have cooked 100s if not 1000s of fluffy omelettes using them. That's where they are really good..Medium temperatures in the 400-450 range.Perfect on the wood stove.:wink: Blob of butter and then watch the temp...eggs in there, then the French twists. I'd teach ya but not here.:D

    Used to have 4-5 of them pans in front of me in the morning, gotta be quick moving them around the commercial electric flat tops.I still have one at home.....very nicely seasonned and just the right shade of blue, as in gun blue.:pot

    Hum...quit that job in the middle of breakfast, tossed a few omelettes in the garbage can and walked off the cruise ship.:lol3

    I still cook omelettes professionally....of sorts! A couple in the morning....enough!:wink:
  6. ysr612

    ysr612 Long timer

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    if it is cast steel not forged steel it will act just like cast iron. If it is forged then it will not hold a season and may have the hot spots that someone else said.

    edit: the chance of hot spots will depend on the quality of the forging.
  7. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Not so much....

    Traditional woks are typical hand formed carbon steel. They season up just great! The new "traditional" ones are forged and they do fine.

    Cast ones are the best, but harder to find these days.
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    I had always thought people used woks for the hot spot?? I guess I better find out how to use a wok I only did stir fry in them myself.
  9. MikeinEugene

    MikeinEugene Long timer

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    This was you in later years then?

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  10. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    No, that part is pretty much right. They transfer heat so well they get a solid hot spot, it is even though. I was just talking about the seasoning part.....
  11. ysr612

    ysr612 Long timer

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    thanks for clearing that up for me.
  12. The Cyclops

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    I think the big advantage to these is they heat up faster and lighter for flipping. I debated between these the other day and went with CI. I bought a carbon steel shallow wok/deep salute pan that is sort of a hybrid and tried an egg in there and it did fine, nearly as good as the CI if not as good. The CI will hold heat better and seems to be harder to burn since its thicker
  13. H96669

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    :lol3 I may be a little too old to stretch like that.:lol3We were in port in Vancouver, just about all the galley staff followed me out.:evilBut I'd sure walk off this boat today, may get a little wet however. :eek1Another year or so.....no more cooking breakfasts and getting up at 04.00 AM.Then I can stay home and make pies in my cast iron pans....tourtieres, apple pies, maybe even raspberry pie....!:dg
  14. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    Funny I just saw this thread...I just bought a 12" Skillet made by Lodge at Target for $20, to learn how to cook on cast iron. Thanks for all the tips. I have learned if I have some really stuck on food, boil some water while the skillet is hot and bam, the stuck on food floats to top of water...

    My task right now is perfecting a Ribeye on this skillet... after a couple, I am happy with the results... plus I don't have to go outside in the winter, I can watch NFL, NCAA, NFL, F1, etc while I cook. :clap
  15. beergut

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    I wanted to toss my tip into the ring. Not being able to make a nice outdoor cooking fire at my home (I live in the city) I had to find plan B. -My beloved Weber kettle.

    I pull the top grate out, make a 'ring of death' in it with the coals, set my pot down in and let it do its thing. I usually cut off my air supply to almost nothing on the bottom, and wide open on the top vent which keeps the temps around 275-300. -makes a mean chili :evil

    Sometimes I will cook with the skillet in the Weber by just setting the skillet on the top grate.

    If I want a little smoke...toss a few cubes of wood in. -this will give the hint of that camp fire taste

    BTW, I season my cast iron in my Weber as well. I can get my kettle up to 450 deg sustained for an hour or so on a nice hot day. Pour some good oil in the pan, wipe it real good (I wipe everything/all sides) toss some salt and pepper on it, hand wipe that around and then set in the Weber. For fuel I use a mix of regular kingsford and sometimes I will toss in a few chunks of wood.
  16. beergut

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    Rub on some good sea salt, both sides, let the steak almost warm up to room temp, toss some butter in a HOT skillet, toss the steak on it to sear it...pepper on both sides at the tail end ....man my mouth is watering.
  17. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    I will try that tonight!
  18. DustyPockets

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  19. Mambo Dave

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    I make bread in my poor-man's CI dutch oven (basically two identical CI skillets with one turned upside-down on top of the other one). I've been having issues with getting as good of a rise as I used to get with it as of late, so I'll try that recipe you linked. Thanks!
  20. Daz-o-matic

    Daz-o-matic HOT POOP

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    I bought a cast iron dutch oven specifically for that recipe. Since having it, we've used it for a multitude of other things. Speaking of bread, last night I baked a loaf of bread in a smaller cast iron pot 'cause for some reason we have only one normal bread pan and I made too much dough. Turned out awesome :D

    We're accruing a ton of cast iron - my latest purchase was a wee 5 or 6 inch pan I found at the thrift store for $2.50. Didn't think I'd cook much with such a small pan, but I couldn't pass up cast iron for a couple bucks. Turns out we've found all kinds of uses for it.