cast iron advice. did I ruin it?

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2010/11/01 15:05:18 (permalink)

cast iron advice. did I ruin it?

OK, so I bought a cast iron pan, nice and black and shiny. Lodge "preseasoned".  cooked with it a couple of times, seasoned it well, looked great, shiny, black.  this morning after cooking, I just left it on the burner a little too long and now there is a big circle of gray in the center surrounded by black at the edges, like I have burned all the goodness off it.    did I screw it up?  will I have to re-season it for years to get the black back? 
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    chewingthefat
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/01 17:29:27 (permalink)
    Soak it overnight, use steel wool, you should be OK.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/01 17:47:04 (permalink)
    RE-SEASONING YOUR LODGE COOKWARE
    While maintaining the seasoning (as in Step 5 above) should keep your Cast Iron in good condition, at some point you may need to repeat the seasoning process.  If food sticks to the surface, or you notice a dull, gray color, repeat the seasoning process:
    • Wash the cookware with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush.  (It is okay to use soap this time because you are preparing to re-season the cookware).  Rinse and dry completely.
    • Apply a thin, even coating of MELTED solid vegetable shortening (or cooking oil of your choice) to the cookware (inside and out).
    • Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any dripping.
    • Set oven temperature to 350 – 400 degrees F.
    • Place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven. 
    • Bake the cookware for at least one hour.
    • After the hour, turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven.
    • Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.
     
    For any questions on the use and care of Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron, e-mail  info@lodgemfg.com, or call our Customer Service Department at 423-837-7181.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2010/11/01 17:48:20
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/01 18:18:49 (permalink)
    If you have a propane grill outside, you might want to re-season the pan on it ... I'd steel wool it and boil a bunch of oil in there.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/02 12:39:57 (permalink)
    actually---steel wool will scratch cast iron--small scratches-- but there---use Copper scrubbers for cast iron--steel wool for wood finish! after you scrub it---no SOAP_--HOT water-fill it with about 1/2 inch of salt and stick it in your oven on high heat and backe for 30 mins --dump the salt--wipe with an oiled paper towel
     
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/02 12:48:17 (permalink)
    Yes.  Salt is a much better solution than steel wool.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/02 13:27:34 (permalink)
    Rando

    OK, so I bought a cast iron pan, nice and black and shiny. Lodge "preseasoned".  cooked with it a couple of times, seasoned it well, looked great, shiny, black.  this morning after cooking, I just left it on the burner a little too long and now there is a big circle of gray in the center surrounded by black at the edges, like I have burned all the goodness off it.    did I screw it up?  will I have to re-season it for years to get the black back? 

    Mamaw Smith who lives next door gave me one that is probably 80 years old.  I have seen her put it on a huge brush fire and leave it there for several hours.  She simply cleans it and puts oil on it and heats it.  I have had it for about 8 years and still works like a charm.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/02 16:02:06 (permalink)
     I have "burned" my cast iron before and have never had to scrub it with steel wool. I usually use a new nylon scrubbie and a little soap and water. Dry well and heat to about 375. Add a small amount of veggie oil and swipe it around. wipe out any excess oil and store in a cool dry place.
     
      I got my cast iron from my Mom 25 years ago when I moved into my first apartment. They still look as good as the day I got them.
     
      David O.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/04 14:34:31 (permalink)
    Thanks, y'all.  I just seasoned it up a couple of times and cooked more bacon and fried chicken in it and it is looking better.    I guess you can't really hurt these things.  as a novice my first cast iron pan I threw away because it got rust on it (yeah, I know)  ... now I would know what to do with it,  I love cooking with it.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/04 15:23:24 (permalink)
    Relax.  About the only thing you can do to hurt a cast iron pan, other than dropping it on a concrete floor and breaking the handle off (which I've done) is soak it in water for a long time or leave it out in the rain.  Scrub it out (feel free to use soap, just rinse it well) dry it off, then make a batch of fried chicken in it.  Presto -- reseasoned pan and dinner to boot.
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/04 15:28:58 (permalink)
    Mine was completely ruined last month   by my  granddaughter  putting it in the dishwasher!
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    Re:cast iron advice. did I ruin it? 2010/11/04 16:02:20 (permalink)
    OH my, at least she meant well, and was trying to clean up...
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