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Jan 10, 2005 11:52 AM

Cast Iron Questions, still

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In response to previous post re seasoning a flea market cast iron skillet, I followed recs re washing with soapy water, coating with vegetable oil and put in oven for 2 hours. When I took the skillet out, it was sticky. I'm thinking something is not right here. Help please

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  1. Use lard or crisco. V oil will make sticky, as you see.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Spencer

      After you have used your cast iron for a while, run it through the cleaning cycle in your oven and all of the junk will flake off of it and it will be like new.

      1. re: bill

        This is a joke right? For heavens sake why would I want to ruin the seasoning I've built up for years? That stuff adds flavor!

        1. re: Someguy

          This is a once a decade activity. The coating can start to flake off so I put it through a complete cleaning and reseasoning.

        2. re: bill

          Actually, I've thought of doing that. I have an old cast iron skillet with about 1/4" or more of crud on the outside(the inside is beautiful). I asked the Lodge folks, via e-mail, and they advised using oven cleaner on the outside only on an upside down skillet. I did this several times, and it helped, but only a little. I figured I'd run it thru the self-cleaning cycle when next I clean my oven and then treat the skillet as a new pan. However, the inside is wonderfully blackened and seasoned, and I'm not sure what I'd accomplish, except making the outside look more esthetically pleasing.

          1. re: sudiepav

            The outside of my skillet is the much the same -- a many-years' accumulation of gunk. But it isn't sticky and doesn't interfere with cooking. The inside of my pan is beautifully seasoned. I just leave the outside as it is. By the way, I always wash my pan with soap and water. No rust, no problems. It must be the many years' of seasonoing I have built up.

      2. Also, make sure that you put the pan into the oven upside-down. This will keep the melted Crisco or oil (peanut oil is good) from pooling in the center of the pan thereby leaving an unseasoned spot there. And you should use a higher temperature than most websites recommend. Heat the oven to 450, place the pan in there for an hour and you should have a nicely seasoned piece of cast iron. If you let the pan cool and repeat this procedure, it will be even better.

        Here's a link that gives more detailed instructions:


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        1. re: Nancy Berry

          I use 500 degrees. Open all the windows and doors because it's going to smoke like mad.


        2. Has any one tried the "pre-seasoned" cast iron pots? Are they are good as if you season it yourself?

          1. Just repeat the process and it will come out seasoned. Or just make some bacon in the pan tonight. that should get enough oil in it to start the seasoning process.

            1. EXTREME MEASURES: I've acquired lots of griswold cast iron pieces in various conditions. If you're not a do-it-youselfer, then it's worth buying cleaned and seasoned pieces for up to $25.00, depending on the piece and your location. I'm lucky enough to have a father-in-law w/ a full stocked shop. I've sand blasted pieces, then coated the piece w/ vegetable oil--which works for me, then baked it on low for two hours in the oven. After that, I merely scrape clean w/ a dishcloth, using my own fingernails on stubborn food particles. Then I put the piece on stovetop, low, to dry; when dry, I rub interior w/ vegetable oil, using a paper towel; when warm, I wipe off excess, let it cool and it's done. Some folks will tell you that everything I do is not correct, but it has worked well for me for 25 years.