cast iron pans

@savypat (20245)
United States
January 19, 2010 2:39pm CST
How many of you cook with cast iron pans? I just brought a new one and it said it was seasoned, but I found it worked much better when I seasoned it the old fashion way. Have you brought a new one lately.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
19 Jan 10
I inherited my smaller one from my maternal grandmother and also I bought the large one at a garage sale. I still had to season them and they are not that good for working on ceramic cook tops. Maybe the newer ones that are enamel coated on the outside are, but I do not have enough money to get one yet. I was thinking of buying some in the near future since I do like the way meat and stew tastes after I use one.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I had a ceramic cook top for a time and just never really liked it. Make sure if you buy an enamel coated pan it will work, those are really expensive. But if it will work I am sure you will love cooking with it. Thanks
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
20 Jan 10
I like my ceramic cook top, but found it hard to get pans to fit until the last couple of years. I do love stainless steel and also cast iron pans in comparison to the teflon or the coated pans as the latter only allow up to medium and some of the recipes call for a steaming hot pan. I have not been to Home Outfitters or the Bay which happen to carry high end cast iron pans since before Christmas, but when I get enough money will probably buy some, but not yet as we have one big bill to still pay.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I very seldom cook a meal w/out using one of my cast iron skillets. Thanks goodness all mine are seasoned, i hate a new one. no, i hve not bought a new one in years. Have so many i started housekeeping with & have picked up quite afew at auctions. Give me an old one anytime.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Yes they are like a well loved member of the family
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@GardenGerty (115242)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I only use old ones, that are well seasoned. My daughter in law (ex) a year or so ago got new ones and absolutely would not listen to me when I told her she needed to season them herself. She just said they were cheap and trashy.
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• United States
22 Jan 10
Sounds to me like it's her loss.
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@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
20 Jan 10
I have been using my old cast iron pans which has been passed down to me from my grandmother's collection. I prefer using seasoned pans as the new one takes time to get seasoned.
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
20 Jan 10
It seems like I have always had my cast iron skillets, but I know it isn't so. The last one I bought was from a thrift store. It had been well used and it was well seasoned. I've bought new ones and had to season them, but it's been a long time ago. I wouldn't want to have to fry an egg or anything else in any other pan.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
20 Jan 10
I love cast iron cookware. Eggs and bacon taste so much better cooked in butter in a cast frying pan. Yes there is more work to keeping your cast iron ware, but its well worth the time and trouble. There is another delightful trick that includes a cast iron pot with a matching lid. Dig a deep hole in the ground and build a hot fire. burn the hard wood down to coals. Fill your cast iron pot with a roast of beef or pork surround it with potatoes carrots and onions, add some water and seasoning and place it on top of the hot coals. Cover the hole and wait. When you bring out the pot in 3 or 4 hours you will have a delicious roast beef dinner.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I do not have one but would like to get one. They are quite costly but they last a lifetime if you take care of them! I have a small one but it was made into a clock by my grandfather about 45 years ago. It hangs on my kitchen wall. Bacon and eggs just taste better in an iron skillet!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jan 10
My mom had a cast iron pan. I bought myself one long ago, got frustrated with it, yard saled it. Never really learned how to season one and never tried again...
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
26 Jan 10
You might want to try again, they are cheap and actually have some health benefits as opposed to the non stick ones that can be detrimental to your health. The ones I've just brought are Lodge and are pre seasoned.
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• United States
31 Jan 10
I hesitate to mention this but, I REALLY prefer to season a new one anyway even if it states that it is pre-seasoned. My two cents on this subject.
• United States
25 Jan 10
No, I haven't bought one recently, but need to. I keep my cast iron pan in a cabinet close to the floor. And one winter when it was real cold, I took the pan out and put it on the burner, not thinking that it was going from cold to hot immediately. All of a sudden I heard "bang", and my cast iron pan actually broke in half. I was so dissappointed.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I guess that you were glad no one got hurt or it didn't damage anything. This is the first time I have heard of such a thing, it must have been a shock.
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• United States
25 Jan 10
Yes, I was shocked...and unfortunately, this was a pan that my mother had through her marriage, so you can imagine how seasoned it was..lol
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I bought one last year with some Christmas money. It's a "Lodge" brand which I heard later was a pretty good brand. I LOVE it! I use it on the stovetop but I also use it in the oven. We currently don't have a grill and so I have been broiling steaks in the oven. I used this pan for the steaks and they turned out awesome. There's just something about those cast iron pans!
@savypat (20245)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I know what you mean I am going to cook steak in mine tonight.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Thanks for the best response! Have a great day!
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@finlander60 (1806)
• United States
22 Jan 10
We have a 12 inch cast iron frying pan by Lodge. I don't think it is possible to beat it for frying a steak or for baking cornbread, either. I will not use one without first seasoning it.
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