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Advice on smoking with cast iron...

phan1 Mar 31, 2008 06:43 PM

Hi, I want to smoke something by frying or roasting some cherry chips on top of my cast iron. The issue is, will that ruin my cast iron? I did it with my SS pan and the pan became burned and I had to use some oven cleaner to clean it. I was wondering if my cast iron would pick up bitter notes of burnt cherry chips that would be hard to clean off. I don't want to have to scrub off my patina I worked so hard to build to get the burnt taste of cherry chips off my pan.

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  1. purple goddess RE: phan1 Mar 31, 2008 07:15 PM

    I smoke fish in my wok. I just use at least 5 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil before I put the smoke ingredients in (I use Lapsang Souchon tea and brown sugar). That way, the whole gluggy mess lifts right out and into the bin, leaving my wok untouched.

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      renov8r RE: phan1 Apr 1, 2008 08:11 AM

      It will leave the yucky residue burned to the pan. This is precisely why you should spend $25 on one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

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