Cast iron for candy making?

Fori is not pleasedOctober 21, 2007

I have an old cast iron pot I haven't used yet (see my previous post attached below if you're curious as to its origin) but it's getting to candy-making time and this looks like it'll be perfect as well as being the only thing I own that works on my current cooktop that is a good size.

But.

It has no seasoning. I soaked it in a bag with oven cleaner for a while and then scrubbed it and oiled it and put it away.

So, for candy, do I need to have it seasoned or should I season it afterwards? I really don't want any seasoning errors to seep into Halloween candy, flavors OR chunks. I guess candy is just like anything else, or is it?

Any recommendations? (Besides cook the cheap stuff first.)

Here is a link that might be useful: previous pot post

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awm03

I would season it for the following reasons: seasoning might help prevent sugar crystals from sticking to the sides of the interior; would probably help prevent the candy from sticking to the interior when it comes time to push it out of the pot, & you might prevent a metallic taste in your candy.

Old fashioned sugar kettles, now used primarily for landscaping, were made of cast iron.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2007 at 10:46PM
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Fori is not pleased

Thanks for the advice. I guess rusty candy would be bad. Now I just need perfect weather to run the oven with windows open. Not too hot, not too cold....running out of time!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 9:35PM
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awm03

Wish I could join you. Candy making is such fun!

Now that all kinds of snacks & junk food are being fortified with "nutrients," you can claim your candy has iron it :)

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 12:52PM
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Fori is not pleased

Iron fortified fudge! I don't feel experimental enough to try cheddar cheese fudge to also get all the protein and calcium in it, though.

Weather is nice enough to have all the windows open so I'm seasoning the pot. Hope the little batch of rust on the bottom won't be a problem. The sides are still like satin, fortunately.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 4:02PM
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danab_z9_la

fori, if you haven't already started seasoning your pot....I would suggest that you remove that surface rust (both inside and outside of pot) using Bar Keepers Friend with a good scrub brush. Do the same with your lid. This won't hurt your pot. It will easily remove any surface rust and give you a much cleaner surface for the seasoning to adhere.

Dan

    Bookmark   October 25, 2007 at 8:34PM
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Fori is not pleased

Too late! It was just a little spot...odds are good I'll let something bad happen and have to reseason it at which time I'll do it properly. The inside had come very clean from the EZoff treatment.

Anyway, great candy pot! And induction is absolutely wonderful for candymaking. One more reason to switch to gas...I can't be making candy whenever I feel like it!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 12:59AM
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awm03

fori, what do you plan to make? (mouth watering as I type)

Ooooh, you have an induction cooktop? A fabulous antique cast-iron pot & an induction cooktop sounds like cook's heaven to me :)

Hope you'll treat us with pictures of your candy making efforts!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 7:07AM
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Fori is not pleased

Yesterday we did toffee and an easy fudge (rolling boil six minutes instead of thermometer watching)...today we'll try penuche which is a more hardcore-no-shortcuts recipe and will be the real test. Overall, I think this will be a very fattening combination.

I am not overly fond of the induction and intend to replace it when we redo the kitchen, but it really does shine when you need precise control of stuff. Or when you leave the room and things boil over and you have to clean it, which is really more often the case for me!

The pot is pretty gross-looking by modern standards so I plan to use it cauldron-style to serve the candy at a Halloween get-together (yeah, I'll be a witch). If I remember I'll take a picture!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 1:12PM
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