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Dec 4, 2008 11:11 AM

Did I just ruin my new cast iron griddle pan?

Just got a calphalon grill pan for my birthday, it came pre-seasoned. Used a wee bit of dish detergent yesterday when cleaning it (after the first time i used it, of course). NOW i hear that soap and cast iron does not mix. Would that little bit of soap ruin the seasoning? Do I have to reseason my pre-seasoned pan?

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  1. Nah - you'll be fine.

    You should consider seasoning it yourself anyway though - pre-seasoned is a good start, but doing it yourself too will get it on it's way to that great "well-used" finish.

    Many decry the use of soap on their CI - and for the most part, I try not to. However I've been known to use some soap and a green scrubby for the occasional tough clean up job with no problems. My CI is about 12 yrs old and doing fine - even with the occasional contact with soap. Sometimes it seems a bit dogmatic to me - it's really not that big a deal.

    Good luck,


    1. Are you sure this isn't enameled cast iron? Does it look like this?

      If so, you can wash it with all the soap you want. I'm having a hard time believing that Calphalon has gone into the raw cast iron business... I could be wrong though.

      1. Are you sure it's Calphalon? The company web site lists only enameled CI. In any case, it's always imperative to check the use and care instruction before using new cooikware. If you have enameled, here's the site:

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        1. re: mpalmer6c

          I thought that the "enameled" just referred to the enamel coating on the outside of the pan, not the inside black-cast-iron part. Good to know that I just have no concept of the differences between types of cast iron and not a ruined pan.

          Thanks for your help!

          1. re: TaterTot31

            Well, it's a "satin enamel" on the inside and it's probably like it is on Staub cookware. Take a look through this site for Staub and you can find more info. There is the potential for a fine seasoning that will build up over time, but it's nothing (not even remotely) close to raw cast iron. You can practically put the thing in the dishwasher, but I certainly wouldn't go that far - I'm just saying the stuff is pretty bulletproof. Use as much soap as you want, your pan will be just fine.

            1. re: HaagenDazs

              Good catch guys - I completely missed the Calphalon in the OP.
              Disregard what I said about re-seasoning and use all the soap you want!

              Happy cooking!