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Dec 22, 2005 08:52 AM

Can you deglaze in a cast iron pan?

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This question occurred to me last night as I was cooking some onions. I was wondering if I could use some white wine and deglaze the bottom as I normally would when carmelizing onions, or...would I get more than I bargained for? Would I end up lifting the seasoning out of the pan and onto my onions?

I asked my husband his opinion and was met with a blank stare. No problem, I said...I'll ask the 'hounds.

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  1. Those of us who fry chicken and make gravy from some of the drippings do it all the time. Your pan will be fine.

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    1. re: Candy
      Hungry Celeste

      Hell, yeah, you can deglaze a cast iron skillet. It helps if it is a well-seasoned one. If you're deglazing with a high-acid liquid (such as vinegar or tomato juice), you'll want to clean the pan when you're done. Acid can lead to a pitted surface.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        I do it all the time. You do need to clean it within a couple of hours. But you don't have to baby these things. Just don't leave it overnight with acidic or gooey sauces in it.

        I say this thinking you're using a seasoned pan. If it's pretty new you do need to be more careful with it until it is seasoned.

        Good luck and Merry Christmas, Robert