Wow! I found a cast iron skillet when I opened the oven door!

United States
May 28, 2012 10:02am CST
So I was cleaning the oven this morning, and it really needed it too! Anyway, to my utter surprised I found a cast iron skillet and a cast iron boiling pot and two oblong baking pans. What a morning! I love surprises! I had been wanting a cast iron skillet because the one I had years ago was lost or stolen during the move. We had some friends helping us and I think one of our fair weather friends moved it in her car yet it never got to my apartment. I asked her about it and she said she didn’t have it. Oh well… so I asked God to remind me to look for a cast iron skillet the next time I go to the good will. Lo and behold! We have it and the boiler to boot. I washed them up and cured them. They are nice and shiny now. They were dull when I took them out of the oven and now they are shiny like new. My mom taught me how to cure them when I was a young woman. I love how the food tastes after being cooked in a cast iron skillet. Your thoughts?
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@AmbiePam (49535)
• United States
28 May 12
Those things are expensive. Congrats!
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• United States
28 May 12
God knew I wanted one. I had been talking to Him about wanting one, and wow! He blessed me with a skillet and a pot.
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@AmbiePam (49535)
• United States
28 May 12
Sometimes the "small" blessings are just as great as the big ones.
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@MandaLee (3738)
• United States
28 May 12
Congratulations, PQ. What a happy surprise. Cast iron skillets are terrific!
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• United States
28 May 12
Yes they are terrific! I had been talking to God about wanting one, and here I got it and a pot.
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@PageTurner (2827)
• United States
28 May 12
I find it exciting to find little treasures like that. Coincidently, when we moved to our place a scant two months ago, we also found a couple of cast iron skillets. We enjoy using our cast iron skillet to cook cornbread. I am happy for you at this unexpected gift.
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• United States
28 May 12
Isn't it wonderful to find things like this? I love it.
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• United States
28 May 12
Yes, indeedy!
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@GardenGerty (100438)
• United States
29 May 12
That is the best cornbread ever. Now I want some. May have to include it with tomorrow's meal, whatever we eat.
@bunnybon7 (36911)
• Holiday, Florida
28 May 12
yes it probably needed cured from sitting in there a long time. is that where you boil potatoe peels in it, then clean and shine it? i cant remember. been a long time. bet they made corn bread in it in the oven. we did that besides frying potatoes, etc.
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• United States
28 May 12
No, I cure it by coating it with oil and baking it in the oven for about 15 minutes... You can do it on top of the stove too. It's nice and shiny now.
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@GardenGerty (100438)
• United States
28 May 12
I have quite a collection of cast iron. I am glad you found this treasure, or that God sent it to you. I believe that happens, because it has happened to me in the past. We use cast iron quite a bit. It is good for your health and helps prevent anemia I have been told.
• United States
28 May 12
Yes it is good for your health.. and I do believe God blessed us with it, because I had been talking to God about wanting them.
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@peavey (16822)
• United States
28 May 12
How cool! I love cast iron to cook in. I have three cast iron skillets and wouldn't give them up for anything. And to find a pot and baking pans on top of that! How lucky can you be?
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• United States
28 May 12
I know! It was a great find.
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
4 Jun 12
Im a bit confused here. You found all those pans in your oven??? I clean for a living. One time while cleaning a move out, i found a cast iron dutch oven with the lid in the oven. I guess the person moving out either forgot it or abandoned it. I didnt realize it was cast iron till i pulled it out. It was so heavy i expected spoiled food to be inside it but then i realized it was cast iron. New looking too. Excellent condition. I tried to get my daughter to take it but she didnt want it. So i kept it myself. I lost a big metal first aid kit while moving. I suspect one of two people in the theft. I also have to oil lamps that i think one tried to get away with. What they did was set them off to the side in the landlords garage while moving everything else inside when i saw that i took them in and hid them in the bedroom. So i still have them. But the first aid kit is gone. I also asked the girl about it and she said she didnt have it.
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• United States
4 Jun 12
You are not confused. You read what I said... yes I found those items and they were clean but of course I cleaned them again and I use them almost every day. I made corned beef hash with my cast iron frying pan this morning. I made cornbread in it last night. You have a great find when you find something like that. Shame on the person who stole your first aid kit... and good thing you found the oil lamp before they made off with that. I have had something like that happen to me too... a husband and wife helped us move one time and made off with my cast iron skillet. It was coated in light blue like ceramic or whatever... and cast iron beneath... it didn't make it to my new home back then... I asked them about it and they played dumb. It was in their car... I saw her when she took it out to her car. So it never made it from her car to my house.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
5 Jun 12
You must not use your oven very often. Its sounds as if you just found the things in your oven as if you didnt know they were in there. I remember my grandma had a cast iron frying pan she made the worlds best fried chicken (better than KFC) in it and swore it was the only way to make fried chicken. I ususally use a deep fryier to make mine. Dont you hate those fake friends that steal from you? The times i had things taken during moving was 2 separate moving times. The first aid kit was in the trunk of the girls car and i didnt move many things that day. Just stuff from my rv to my rental place. I know it was in her trunk. But she denied it too. I had that kit for many years too. The oil lamps are a pair of hurricane lamps i got from walmart many years ago. They are black with a white rose painted on them. Thankfully i still have those.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
5 Jun 12
The people that helped me move with the lamps was different people. Not as slick as the other girl.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
3 Jun 12
Wow, what a great find. Congrats. I really want to know why your other discussion was removed?
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• United States
3 Jun 12
What discussion? I'm not aware of ant being removed. I don't remember seeing a notice.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
4 Jun 12
It's the topic called "Me at my desk" and tells howw you have a cup of coffee in the kitchen and how you are not dressed for company and so on. I went to look and it had been removed.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
28 May 12
In your new place? Thats awesome! I love my cast iron pan. Use it alot. I cure it from time to time because i space out and wash it when i shouldnt.
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• United States
28 May 12
My mom had them and I had one a long time ago... I've always wanted another one.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
28 May 12
I find that stuff cooked in them just tastes so much better!
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
2 Jun 12
that was a lovely surprise for sure. I also got some nice kitchenware from my mothers friend when she moved to a senior citizens home with her husband and this good stuff works like a charm and is still in good use here. First I didnt think I would use this stuff a lot but now I do.....
• United States
3 Jun 12
That's great RitterSport. I love good cookware. I have the cheap stuff that is Teflon coated. I'm going to make cornbread tonight in my iron skillet.
• Lippstadt, Germany
3 Jun 12
I have to admit I love Teflon much more than these oldies but goldies as nothing will stick in Teflon coated skillets. Using these old ones always means hard scrubbing afterwards. But as long as they are still useable I will use them and save money.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 May 12
you will have to tell me how to cure them when I finally get my own
• United States
3 Jun 12
I did what my mother did. She coated the inside of the skillet with oil and then put it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. Let the pan cool down naturally. Then with a damp dish cloth you wipe it down and put it away. When you wash them don't use soap because it will take away the oils and dry it out. I just use about one drop if dish soap, because I just want to. Mist oeople don't use dish soap at all.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Jun 12
at what temperature? and that gets off burned stuff or rust?
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
28 May 12
Your lucky to have one it came from Him. It is so expensive here in my country but I also wish to have one I like the one square griddles design, every time I visit the department store I tried to look at it and wish to have one someday.
• United States
31 May 12
Those grizzled are nice. Guess what I found today? I found a medium sized muxing bowl and a Corninware pie plate.
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
31 May 12
wow it seems all the kitchenware are hidden from anywhere.
@marguicha (97402)
• Chile
30 May 12
I love cast iron pots. I only have a cast iron skillet because they are a lot more expensive than other kinds of kitchen ware. I wish I could find something like that in my kitchen, but I´m afraid I don´t have any place where such a thing could be hidden
• United States
3 Jun 12
I was just lucky, I guess! My son in law was given a very expensive tongue in groove chest of drawers that is taller than he is. The people left it here. It didn't sell in the estate sale they had so the daughter of the old people that were here said she was done with it all. She said he could have it. The people that were here moved to Florida over a year ago.
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
29 May 12
Cool, those are expensive to buy these days. I found a salad shooter in my friend's oven. Dunno what it was doing in the oven, but it is a great thing to have for slicing and shredding. Works better than my expensive mandoline.
• United States
3 Jun 12
That's wonderful! I've never had a salad shooter. I've seen commercials for them. I wondered if ther were so easy to use and clean. You live yours so it must be as good as they claim.
• United States
29 May 12
Hurray for a nice lil surprise like that left in the oven for you to discover. I have no idea how to use a cast iron skillet my mother never used one though I think my grandmother did. I do need to convince hubby that we need one seeing that it's either the grate on our stove top or the previous and current skillet/fry pan that keeps warping and it's uneven and drives a person batty especially when making eggs.
• United States
3 Jun 12
I have two omelet pans that are warped. Drives me insane. My daughter insists on cooking on high heat cage turns hamburgers into hockey pucks. Her hubby likes them burned. I don't think she can warp this pan.
@celticeagle (118607)
• Boise, Idaho
28 May 12
Sounds like you make out like a bandit. Cast iron skillets are supposed to be great for cooking all kinds of stuff. I got a set of them when I got married about forty years ago. And the baking dishes are great too! Can never have enough of those. I bet those boilers are hard to find now days. Well, PQ, quite a find!
• United States
31 May 12
Yes quite a find, indeed! Guess what I found today in one of the cabinets? I found a mixing bowl and a corningware pie plate. I was so happy. I have a Pyrex pie plate but never had a corning one. I'll be making pies for Christmas.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
29 May 12
I think you should clean it at least 1 time a month...if you don't want to see a cast iron skillet whenever you open the oven door...
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
28 May 12
I love my cast iron pans.I have one of them that belonged to my great grandmother.It's a small frying pan.Perfect for eggs and well everything.It gets used alot.Need to cure mine this week.Wouldn't trade them for the world.Good luck on your find.