Know how to use a Cast Iron frying pan?

United States
December 28, 2006 7:29pm CST
I have an old black CAST IRON pan. Everytime i use this my food sticks to it. I decided to use it instead of always scratching a teflon pan. How do i keep the food from sticking? Even if i use butter it sticks. And then i wash it clean but it still sticks. Whats up with this?
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
29 Dec 06
You need to season the pan whch means, basically, that you don't actually ever wash it in detergent. You have to let the oils remain part of the pan so you have to wipe off any food left behind, with a paper towel. Iron cookware is supposed to be good for those who lack iron in their diet, but the fact that the pan is not actually washed makees them pretty undesireble for me.
• United States
29 Dec 06
huh... thats sounds strange but you know i remember seeing my moms iron pan now that i think about it. Just leave the oil there. Hey heard there is another blizzard heading your way!
@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
29 Dec 06
what about trying a non-stick cooking spray? have u tried that?
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• United States
29 Dec 06
hey thanks!!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I realize that this discussion is five months old but I did not see where anyone really told you how to season it. The problem wiht you cast iron is that it needs seasoned good. I have just posted an article on how to season them properly. I have used cast iron all my life. I have skillets and dutch ovens that were my Grandmothers and they are still wonderful today. Here is the link to my discussion on how to season them: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1038184.aspx Good luck with your cast iron they are truely wonderful
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
11 Apr 07
There is a process called seasoning the pan that will help food from not sticking. If you coat the pan in vegetable oil and put it upside down on a cookie sheet in an oven that is preheated to 300 degrees and leave it in there for about a half hour. Repeat before and after using it until it is properly seasoned.