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Old 07-15-2008, 11:04 PM   #21
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Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm glad to see others have found good stuff and have such great advice. I received 2 cast iron skillets for wedding presents. Except I had never cooked with them and didn't know you couldn't wash them with soap or put them in the dishwasher so of course they rusted. I liked them, just wasn't "educated" on them I guess

I should probably read up on those a bit more so I can better take care of them and then find a couple good pots to cook with. I don't mind cooking, but I'm not very adventurous. Plus my hubby can be very picky when it comes to food.

Thanks again for the suggestions, I really appreciate it!

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Old 07-15-2008, 11:11 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Secksiebrat View Post
Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm glad to see others have found good stuff and have such great advice. I received 2 cast iron skillets for wedding presents. Except I had never cooked with them and didn't know you couldn't wash them with soap or put them in the dishwasher so of course they rusted. I liked them, just wasn't "educated" on them I guess
My DH said you can "fix" them. Scrub them good to remove the rust. He said you can use soap or even something like comet. Then rinse and put them on the stove to dry and heat them. Then rub oil into them to season. Then let them sit off the heat and do it again the next day.

To clean after use use a scouring pad and no soap then put them on the stove and reseason them.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:13 PM   #23
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I came across Cast Iron Cookware Maintenance for those who are unsure of the proper maintenance of their cast iron cookware. This is for a certain brand but could be used with any.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:14 PM   #24
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I love the Revere copper clad, and Have picked up a few vintage pieces on EBAY, which have the heavier layer of copper than what they manufacture nowadays. They work great. Our first wedding set also died, and Mother Dear said, "I told you to register for Revereware". So now, 25 years later, I'm still using my RevereWare.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:09 AM   #25
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Secksibrat,
I got the rust off my sister's dutch oven with a wire wheel on a drill.
It seasoned back up quickly. I got a pretty nice DO for a little elbow grease.

She tried washing and reseasoning but the rust taste always came through. I had to knock off all the old seasoning and take it down to metal as well as I could.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:03 AM   #26
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Mike, you have a really nice collection of cast iron! I love cast iron, too, and use it whenever possible. I made potato chowder in my dutch oven today! I have a two-burner griddle/grill that remains on my stove at all times and sees almost daily use. Pancakes (almost) never stick!

I also like enameled cast iron and have some stainless steel as well. NO teflon non-stick at all
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:03 AM   #27
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I never really used the griddle until recently.
It was just another baking sheet.

When I finally did use it on the stovetop for pancakes I was surprised at how much I liked it.
I figure I don't have so much use for a griddle that I ran out to get a round griddle but that will be what I grab for pancakes now.

I don't know what it is but breads and cast iron seem to go together. They season the pan and rarely stick.

If you're ever near a Lodge outlet store I suggest the loaf pans. Outlets are where they filter the special runs through.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:31 PM   #28
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I like my Revereware Copper bottom set, also. I just the cast iron skillet for corn bread. I also, have a aluminum dutch oven for stews and roasts.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:33 AM   #29
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I would love to try one of their loaf pans. I have a stoneware one (it says Sassafras Soapstone on the bottom) that I got at a garage sale for a couple of bucks, and it is GREAT! I imagine cast iron would be similar, and harder to break

Last night we had chili and I made corn bread to go with it, in my cast iron skillet-YUM!
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:51 PM   #30
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Well, my dears, I have you all beat. I've been cooking on my Farberware for 43 years. It has held up remarkably and I've added a couple of pieces recently to accommodate my smaller cooking style (just my DH and I these days). I have had QVC's various teflon coated stuff and tho' it was nice initially, it just didn't hold up. Even the Cooks Essentials which is supposed to be guaranteed for "life" is a mess.

I must say I've always wanted a cast iron grill pan, but these days it would be much too heavy for me to handle.

You can buy Farberware in sets or by the single pan. It is an exceptional value and it isn't hundreds of dollars per pan like some of the fancy-schmancy brands out there nowadays.

Also, I have never hesitated putting my pans in the dishwasher. It hasn't hurt them at all.
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