Question on first time use of steel pizza pan
I recently purchased a 10" pizza pan from American Metal Crafters.
It's a steel pan, with a tin coating.
Now, I know with steel pans that you are supposed to season them before first use. No problem.
HOWEVER, the pan (brand new), when I touch it has a black powder/grease like substance on it that comes off on my hands.
I've tried scrubbing it out with a kitchen abrasive sponge (not metal) and hot soapy water, but it is proving VERY difficult to get off.
Is this normal? Does it all need to come off? What is it exactly?
I would coat with oil and place in the oven until its black - or that deep purpley, brown.
I think its important to season before use - because the product sticks - then you have to scrub, you remove most of the good carbon and it takes a long time to get a good pan . If you jump start the process - it will be perfect after a couple of good pizzas