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crazy for cast iron!

Posted by klseiverd (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 30, 10 at 15:46

Was reunited with cast iron a few years ago when I found 3 different size "name" skillets for almost nothing at a yard sale. Totally grungy with someone elses "season". Tooke several applications of oven cleaner to clean them up & then well reseasoned. Once nice and black, I think CI is even better than non-stick for many foods.

Have been adding to my collection ever since. 2 burner grill/griddle, Dutch oven, large round griddle, etc. Found a Le Crueset grill pan for $5 in a thrift store... blue enamel exterior in perfect condition and needed only minor clean-up before using... cost about $100 new.

Now have to restrain myself and only consider stuff I don't already have. Found a neat little diamond shaped Lodge skillet, marked "one egg" on the bottom. Couldn't pass on cornbread sticks pan. Latest acquisition was an Aebleskiver pan... $2.99 at GW but tag color made it HALF price!

Would love to find a BIG DEEP skillet... for shallow frying. WOuld also like to find pop-over/muffin/loaf pan(s).

Think there are MANY people who are missing out on great cookware just cuz it's heavy and does get really hot. But it's pretty much indestructible and versatile.

This is only my second post so wanna ask a slightly OT question. Other than the obvious, are there ceertain words/phrases that are totally no no?

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RE: crazy for cast iron!

danab_zn7_la got me hooked through this forum. It's all his fault! That old cast iron is wonderful stuff. Somebody in the appliance forum posted pictures of the kitchen at Elvis' Graceland. Look what's on the cooktop!

RE: crazy for cast iron!

Oh, what a flash back... My parents built a house in 1960 and we had that exact cooktop! We used the griddle a LOT.

RE: crazy for cast iron!

I'm also crazy for cast iron... I've been told that I'm obsessed, but I can't think of a better thing to be obsessed with!

I started a blog a couple of months ago, with reviews on different cast iron pieces I find on the internet as well as what I cook in my cast iron from day to day.

RE: crazy for cast iron!

Greenturtle, do you know what brand of cast iron has an IQ stamp on the bottom?

RE: crazy for cast iron!

Just bought my first used Griswold skillets. Thanks to awm and danab...Well I had some French cast iron ovens but never the naked stuff.

RE: crazy for cast iron!

I only have one ''naked'' cast iron skillet, a flea market ''made in Taiwan'' piece, that I use all the time. I like being able to get the pan very hot and have it maintain that heat after the food is placed inside. I also like the easy cleanup - stick the hot pan under hot running water, wipe it with a brush, dry on the burner, wipe with some oil. No soap or scrubbing.

I also have four enameled Le Creuset pieces, bought for pocket change at a yard sale, that are great.

The ''cheap and effective'' aspect of these pieces really appeals to me. I never seem to find All-Clad stainless or French copper cookware for $5 . . .

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