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A 'beautiful' cast iron frying pan?!

tanuki soup Jul 10, 2009 07:40 AM

I fell in love with this one when I saw it.

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    catechi Jul 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    I hope you are still enjoying your pan! I just ordered one and it arrived yesterday. I was surprised that the instructions said that you should never expose it to salt! With my other cast iron, I not only use salt when I'm cooking, I sometimes use it to clean the pan.

    Do you have any idea why they say not to use salt? Have you had any problems with using salt?

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    1. re: catechi
      tanuki soup Jul 30, 2013 03:37 AM

      Hi, catechi. I treat my Iwachu pan just like all my other cast iron. I've scrubbed it out with kosher salt and oil with no ill effects. Hope you like your new pan!

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      cast_iron_cook Jan 28, 2013 09:10 PM

      I was going over the earlier responses - the question on pre-seasoning has been answered already - so I'm deleting my duplicate question. Old age - or probably, too excited over the arrival of the pan. :)

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      1. re: cast_iron_cook
        tanuki soup Jan 29, 2013 04:34 AM

        Glad to hear that your pan arrived and that you find it as beautiful as I do. I personally also really like the balance of the pan and how it feels in the hand due to the long curved handle. Hope you can post your impressions after you have a chance to cook with it a bit.

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        cast_iron_cook Jan 28, 2013 08:08 PM

        My Iwachu Omelette Pan finally arrived!

        It is beautiful. Lightweight, very graceful swoop of the handle. It's also lighter than my other cast-iron pans.

        For my first "treatment", I scrubbed it gently with the Tawashi brush, which I ordered together with the pan, under running water. No soap. I then heated it up with a low flame, and added a few drops of Coconut Oil, took it off heat, and wiped it around with a paper napkin. The napkin quickly got a lot of black residue. I did this one more time, and the black residue seems to be getting less.

        Should I then:

        1. Continue doing so, until it wipes clean?

        2. Cool it down and repeat scrubbing with the tawashi brush, then resume wipe-down with oil?

        3. Saute some onions in oil, and discard, then see if I get the same residue during wipe-down?

        I don't want to season this just yet, if that is possible.

        Thank you in advance, for your replies!

        1. THoey1963 Dec 5, 2012 04:37 PM

          Neat looking CI pan. I was wondering about how much it weighs. The main reason I don't have a CI pan is due to the weight. If too heavy, my wife wouldn't use it. And I can't see buying something that only I would use...

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          1. re: THoey1963
            tanuki soup Dec 6, 2012 02:42 AM

            Just weighed it. It's 3.36 pounds.

            1. re: tanuki soup
              jljohn Dec 6, 2012 05:01 AM

              And for comparison, the 10" Lodge Skillet weights 5 lbs 3 oz.

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                THoey1963 Dec 10, 2012 03:18 PM

                Thanks. We are planning a trip to Korea next year. Might be easier to try to find one in an Asian market there than to try to get it shipped here. Will remember to take a look...

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              cast_iron_cook Dec 1, 2012 02:47 AM

              Just curious, Tanuki - what size is your Iwachu Omelette Pan? I noticed it comes in 22 cm and 24 cm sizes.

              How is it doing, so far? Your seasoning did not flake off, as reported by another member in this thread?

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              1. re: cast_iron_cook
                tanuki soup Dec 2, 2012 10:38 AM

                Hi CIC -- Just checked. Mine's the 24. No issues with the seasoning. I'd be curious to know if EatsFats ever solved his flaking problem. (This is a pretty old thread, though.) -- TS

                1. re: tanuki soup
                  cast_iron_cook Dec 2, 2012 04:28 PM

                  Hello Tanuki-san,

                  I'm thinking of buying this. I wonder if it's more practical to buy the 22 cm version. I usually cook omelettes with only two eggs. I have a feeling the beaten eggs will spread out too much if the pan is oversized.

                  Most likely this pan will be put into service for searing tuna, porkchops, smoked eel, and the like. We usually cook for few people - two to three persons at a time.

                  I do have other cast-iron skillets.

                  Is the 22 cm versatile enough? or should I step up to the 24 cm?

                  I probably won't be asking this and just buy the two pans, if only shipping was not so expensive!

                  I'm a chowhound newbie. Such a rich source of info, and I've only scratched the Cast-Iron surface.

                  Is there a way of sending a private message to you? I'd like to communicate in private regarding pans and Japanese cuisine.

                  Thanks so much!

                  1. re: cast_iron_cook
                    tanuki soup Dec 2, 2012 05:23 PM

                    Hi CIC -- As you can see from the picture, the pan is kind of bowl shaped, with wide curved sides. I just measured it, and even though it's 24 cm (9.5") from side rim to side rim, the flat part on the bottom is only 16 cm (6.3") across. For a two-egg omelette, the 22-cm would work fine, but it would be a bit tight for 3 porkchops, IMO. -- TS

                    PS. I'm an American living in Japan, and definitely no expert on Japanese cuisine. Although I'm not really set up for PM conversations, I'd be happy to talk about Japanese cookware with you here at CH. TS

                  2. re: tanuki soup
                    EatsFats Dec 2, 2012 06:56 PM

                    First off, get the 24cm. Don't even consider the 22cm unless you're on some sort of minimal dietary restriction routine and just cooking for yourself. I got the 24cm, normally just cook for 2 and I wish it were bigger. (Nope, we are not American-sized). Don't know how thick your omelettes are, but the 24cm is barely enough for 2 large egg omelettes here.

                    The pan comes nicely prepared so my first mistake (duh!) was inadvertently introducing some detergent. That just meant I had to re-season the pan. Eventually what worked was scrubbing it hard & clean, then starting the seasoning. Making a few bacon meals helps :-) It also takes time, you might miss a few spots the first time, but just keep going, eventually it will sort itself out and the flaking bits goes away.
                    The second important tip, not sure if I read that here or elsewhere, get the natural fibre scrubby brushes. I tried all sorts of plastic brushes (definitely no metal), but none worked as well as these brushes. Not sure what they're made of, but you can find it in most Asian stores I think. They remove the gunk without removing the seasoning. And for what it's worth, the one I got from the Japanese store worked a lot better than the one I snagged from the Taiwanese store. When cleaning, just scrub with hot water and the brush.

                    I won't say the pan works better than any other cast iron pan, pretty much the same as the el-cheapo one my mother has, but it looks way better and light enough for my wife to handle.
                    As a non-stick, I give it the edge over my 2nd favourite pan, aluminum with a thick layer of anodizing (no non-stick coating). Overall, I am tempted to give the anodized aluminum the edge. Care is much easier and works better for most meals, on the other hand, I'll bet the cast iron lasts longer, the surface can't get damaged as it's the same material throughout. It's a great pan, as I mentioned before, I only wish the pan were bigger.

                    1. re: EatsFats
                      cast_iron_cook Dec 2, 2012 07:19 PM

                      Thank you, Tanuki and EatsFats! You probably saved me from a costly mistake. I appreciated the clear measurements. Yes, the 16 cm diameter flat part is probably what I need.

                      I'm looking for other uses for this pan. I don't really cook regularly. I'm more of an iron accumulator. However, because of the bowl-like shape of this pan, I think it would be perfect for Dutch Baby Pancakes. Maybe even a Deep Dish Pizza, or a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie pan, piled up with ice-cream.

                      Other than the obvious sear/reheat/omelette functions - do you have other suggestions in which this pan, with its fantastic shape, is well suited? I'd like to use this as much as possible and get the patina going.

                      1. re: cast_iron_cook
                        kaleokahu Dec 2, 2012 07:32 PM

                        Hi, c_i_c:

                        I would think that all your stated uses wold be workable in this pan.

                        If you make omelets regularly (or value perfect ones), I recommend you dedicate one of these pans for ONLY that preparation and crepes. Get a second pan for the other functions, and you will be a happier omeleteer.


                        1. re: kaleokahu
                          jljohn Dec 4, 2012 06:29 AM


                          I assume you don't own this pan, but you do have a Stanish pan if I remember correctly. What are your thoughts on the Stanish, or comparable Pot Shop, pan v. something like this for an omelette pan for classic French Omelettes I know the Aluminum will provide a more even heat, but I'd think the iron might hold up better to the vigorous stirring and scraping on the grates (Jacques Pepin style).

                          Tanuki Soup,

                          How have you liked this pan for omelettes specifically. I've been using the De Buyer Mineral 10", but there are times I wished it had more of a bowl shape. The conductivity on the carbon steel has not been an issue for omelettes, so I'd wouldn't image it would be an issue for a comparably-sized cast iron pan. I'd love your thoughts!



                          1. re: jljohn
                            kaleokahu Dec 4, 2012 06:41 AM

                            Hi, Jeremy:

                            Sure, the iron will abrade less. I've already noticed the Stanish pan getting marked on the bottom from shaking after the eggs set.

                            For me, the big difference is the stickiness. I've never had a cast iron pan that doesn't stick eggs, no matter how smooth or how well it's seasoned. To be fair, I haven't had a dedicated CI omelet pan though. All I know is that the Stanish aluminum pan is unbelievably non-stick.

                            Another issue to compare is seasoning. The aluminum pan is foolproof seasoned in one try, whereas CI requires OCD levels of funiculation.


                            1. re: jljohn
                              tanuki soup Dec 5, 2012 04:08 AM

                              Hi jljohn,

                              I have an induction cooktop, which means that pans tend to heat up in the center more than at the edges. This is especially true for cast iron due to its poor thermal conductivity and high heat capacity.

                              So I don't use my Iwachu pan for omelettes -- when the center of the omelette hardens up, the edges are still runny, making it difficult to flip. (This probably isn't an issue for folks who use gas because the flames and hot gasses flow up around the sides of the pan, heating up the edges.)

                              Induction-compatible aluminum pans work much better for omelettes on my cooktop because aluminum conducts heat out to the rim a lot faster. (De Buyer CHOC Induction and Analon Nouvelle Copper both work great for me.)

                              BTW, even if you use gas, you might find it worthwhile to get an induction-compatible aluminum frying pan because they have a stainless steel disk bonded to the bottom so you can scrape them on your grates with no worries.

                              Hope you find these comments helpful.


                          2. re: cast_iron_cook
                            EatsFats Dec 2, 2012 08:08 PM

                            Well, maybe others may think it's odd, but I use this pan for just about everything. Eggs of all types of course. I find the sloped side makes it easy to get a fork under there and just roll up the egg (sort of like tamago style). Grilled fish (I just did a trout tonight, you can get a nice crispy skin on that, no stick), bulgogi short ribs, bacon, pancakes, french toast, corn bread, plain toast, paella, risotto even fried rice. Even tried rice noodles/rolls. No particular advantage to the pan for rice noodles, but it works.

                            1. re: EatsFats
                              cast_iron_cook Dec 3, 2012 06:32 PM

                              Thank you, Kaleo and EatsFats!

                              EatsFats, I'm glad you gave me that rundown of what you do with the Iwachu pan.

                              That's basically the entire menu!

                          3. re: EatsFats
                            tanuki soup Dec 2, 2012 07:23 PM

                            Thanks for your follow-up post to this old thread, EatsFats. Glad to hear that you got the flaking issue sorted out and that you like your pan.

                            BTW, just FYI, Japanese tawashi scrubbers are made out of tightly bundled palm fibers. They really are perfect for cleaning cast iron, IMO. Definitely nothing better for scrubbing the gunk out from between the ridges of my cast iron grill pans.

                            1. re: tanuki soup
                              cast_iron_cook Dec 3, 2012 04:35 AM

                              Tanuki, is the pan pre-seasoned, from the factory?

                              1. re: cast_iron_cook
                                tanuki soup Dec 4, 2012 12:51 AM

                                Yes, just like pre-seasoned Lodge pans.

                                1. re: tanuki soup
                                  cast_iron_cook Dec 4, 2012 02:39 PM

                                  Cool, thank you! just placed an order - can't wait to try it out! Thank you for helping me choose!

                                  1. re: cast_iron_cook
                                    cast_iron_cook Dec 13, 2012 12:07 AM

                                    By the way, do I need to season the pan, or do I just have to wash off the waxy coating, and start using it right away? I'm sure the instructions are in Japanese.

                                    Do I need to follow the tips I see on YouTube on using Woks for the first time - i.e., saute an onion, and discard the sauteed onion, before using it for the first meal to be cooked in this pan?

                                    Again, thanks in advance!

                                    1. re: cast_iron_cook
                                      tanuki soup Dec 13, 2012 03:29 AM

                                      As I recall, the pan didn't have an obvious wax or lacquer coating on it when it arrived, so I just gave it a light scrub with hot water and a natural fiber brush. Then just started using it, beginning with some pork sausages..

                                      1. re: tanuki soup
                                        cast_iron_cook Dec 13, 2012 06:47 PM

                                        Wonderful! Thank you, Tanuki!

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                        Dave5440 Feb 26, 2011 09:42 PM

                        I got a heart on when I looked at those pics , beautiful

                        1. pdxgastro Dec 2, 2010 10:35 PM

                          It's the 'swoop' of the handle. Nike would be proud. ;-)

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                            kaleokahu Dec 2, 2010 07:36 PM

                            The Bathtub Porsche of frying pans? Yes, it is beautifully curvy.

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                            1. re: kaleokahu
                              tanuki soup Dec 2, 2010 07:55 PM

                              It has very nice balance, and the long, curved, split handle provides a good grip and doesn't get hot. (I hate the stubby little handles on most cast iron frying pans.) Sadly, I don't actually use this "omelet pan" to make omelets. As you have rightly pointed out elsewhere, cast iron doesn't spread heat quickly out to the rim of the pan, so the edges of the omelet don't cook properly (at least on my induction cooktop -- might be better on a gas burner). For omelets, I use an Archetun or De Buyer CHOC induction-capable aluminum nonstick frying pan -- much more even heating. The omelet pan, however, is quite nice for browning onions or sauteing a chicken breast or two.

                              1. re: tanuki soup
                                kaleokahu Dec 2, 2010 08:08 PM

                                Still very beautiful. Probably a searing racehorse, too.

                                1. re: tanuki soup
                                  Indirect Heat Dec 2, 2010 08:52 PM

                                  I think you're right - gas would solve that problem. Tanuki soup, can you give us a link on amazon.co.jp for that pan?

                                  Very cool.

                                  1. re: Indirect Heat
                                    tanuki soup Dec 2, 2010 10:12 PM

                                    Sorry, Indirect Heat, but I just checked Amazon Japan, and they don't seem to have it listed anymore. You may have to try the Rakuten link I gave in my response to kramark's post.

                                  2. re: tanuki soup
                                    kramark Dec 3, 2010 06:24 AM

                                    I would think the swoop of the edges would be good for other things though. Unfortunately, shipping is almost as expensive as the pan. But I still might get it.

                                    I found the pan on the Rakuten website last night after doing some VERY extensive searching...I guess I could've saved some time had I checked this discussion last night more closely. LOL.

                                    I am waiting to hear back from a place in the USA that MIGHT have it.

                                    1. re: kramark
                                      tanuki soup Dec 3, 2010 04:12 PM

                                      "Unfortunately, shipping is almost as expensive as the pan. But I still might get it."

                                      It often goes the other way with me -- I'll see something I really like from the US, but the shipping to Japan is even more than the price of the item.

                                      What I do in such situations is to calculate the total cost (price of the item plus the shipping charge) and ask myself whether I would buy the item if I saw it for sale at that price at a local department store. If the answer is yes, I go ahead and order it without fretting about the shipping charge.

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                                        Chemicalkinetics Dec 3, 2010 05:53 PM

                                        Yes, the "big picture" approach. Often we get excited about "free shipping", but we all know free shipping isn't exactly free. The fee has already been added to the product price. The difference is really shipping fee added to product s (free shipping) vs shipping fee has not been added to the products.

                                        1. re: tanuki soup
                                          kramark Dec 3, 2010 08:21 PM

                                          I've noticed the only real shipping option from Japan to the United States is EMS. There's nothing between EMS and boat that would make shipping of 5 or 6 pounds more affordable.

                                          1. re: kramark
                                            Sid Post Dec 3, 2012 06:43 PM

                                            I have EMS'ed a lot of Japanese knives directly out of Japan. I kid you not, EMS has been faster then 2-day domestic almost every time. It even beat next day service a couple of times. On a weekend order, I once ordered very late on Saturday (~11PM) and had it in my hands Monday morning!!!!

                                            Japanese EMS works extremely well in my experience.

                                      2. re: tanuki soup
                                        kramark Dec 3, 2010 06:39 AM

                                        I wonder how this would perform over my charcoal grill? Maybe fish or something?

                                      3. re: kaleokahu
                                        EatsFats Dec 6, 2010 10:06 PM

                                        I just got mine in the mail. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but I look at it this way.... how much do people pay for a similar Le Creuset? Sure, Le Creuset has been around for nearly 90 years. Iwachu? 400. Plus I wasn't fond of the enamel, we had a "bare" cast iron pan as well and that worked better than the Le Creuset.

                                        My initial impressions:
                                        * It looks smaller than I thought it would be. Maybe it's the curved sides
                                        * The handle is waaay more comfortable than a similar Le Creuset we used to use when we were young
                                        * The pan is actually much lighter than I thought it would be. I'm not sure how that is....
                                        * The cooking surface is a lot rougher than I was expecting. Not as smooth as that ol' standard cast iron my mom uses

                                        Can't wait to use it.

                                        1. re: EatsFats
                                          kramark Dec 8, 2010 04:04 PM

                                          What kind of stove are you using it on? Gas? Induction?

                                          1. re: kramark
                                            EatsFats Dec 8, 2010 08:46 PM

                                            Are you kidding? Gas. There's no substitute, it's such a big change from everything else I used before (actually I grew up with gas, then there was a dark period in the middle...)

                                            By the way, since I got this from Japan, the instructions and everything are all completely Japanese, so ... unless you have a handy translator like me, you will have to wing it.

                                            I started prepping the pan (oh, I'm taking my time, what little I have, with this one) and I'm very impressed at the way water beads up and just rolls off the cleaned pan. It's hard to describe, but it's quite amazing. I've don't often deal with surfaces (not just cooking) that are this hydrophobic.

                                            1. re: EatsFats
                                              Soop Dec 9, 2010 01:54 AM

                                              if you don't like enamel that's fine, but that (and the guarantee) are what you're really paying for with LC.

                                              As for the roughness, it should smoothen slightly as you build the seasoning. Have to say, I'd love to have that pan myself.

                                              1. re: EatsFats
                                                Politeness Dec 9, 2010 02:24 AM

                                                EatsFats: "Are you kidding? Gas. There's no substitute, it's such a big change from everything else I used before ..."

                                                We have been using Iwachu Nambutetsu (cast iron form the Nambu region) for four decades. We do not have the pretty omelet pan that tanuki soup found, but we have a few other pieces (all purchased in Japan). In the past, we have used them with gas; we now use them with induction.

                                                You are right: gas is no substitute. Cooking with Nambutetsu, induction is superior in every respect.

                                                I cannot speak for kramark, who asked, "What kind of stove are you using it on? Gas? Induction?" but I would hazard a guess that he wasn't kidding.

                                            2. re: EatsFats
                                              EatsFats Dec 11, 2010 12:38 PM

                                              Well, after a light seasoning, I finally used it. I doubt the surface roughness will go down, not unless I do some serious scrubbing or if by "seasoning" you mean building up a fine layer of crud. It's very rough, not just a little dimply.
                                              First dish ... what else, a plain omelette. Just heat it up (gas stove ;-), no seriously, I'm sure there are induction fans, but ask any chef if they prefer to use induction or gas...), put a tiny bit of oil and and throw in the already scrambled eggs (yes, they are organic free range local eggs).

                                              How did it do? Simply amazing. No "non-stick" pan could've done better. I let it cook a bit on one side, there was zero stick. I just flipped flipped the omellette on the other side by tossing it in the air, that's what I mean by no stick. (And it helped the pan wasn't too heavy). That was it. Clean up was a cinch, just wipe down with hot water and cloth.

                                              The handle did not get too hot, I just held it with bare hands and it may be a little warm...
                                              Only time will tell how this holds up, but so far, it's great. Totally worth it. I'd say middling price after all the shipping, not the really cheap cast iron, but neither like Le Creuset. Don't care about any warranty or stuff either, chances any cast iron pan is going to break??

                                              1. re: EatsFats
                                                EatsFats Feb 25, 2011 08:33 PM

                                                So, it's been a while. How has the pan been doing?
                                                It started off great. It was more non-stick than anything else we had ever used, non-stick included. Eggs, hashbrowns, omelettes with cheese, rice cake, fish. Yeah, since almost nothing stuck, it was also easy to clean

                                                Then the issue was little black specks coming off into the food. It was still non-stick, but the black dots were disconcerting. It didn't taste like anything, but still...
                                                I checked around and people said it's because I use too much soap (really, just the residual on a scrubby sponge) and that I needed to re-season and never use anything but a plain brush. Really? So I fried up some bacon and baked the pan. That seemed to do the trick, but then after only a couple of times, I realized my brush was worse than anything else, soap or no, so it's back to re-season and just a coarse cloth. I'm seeing how that works out. At least seasoning is fairly easy, but it stinks up the house so I have to do it outside in the barbecue...

                                                1. re: EatsFats
                                                  kaleokahu Feb 25, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                  EatsFats: "...black spots coming off into the food."

                                                  Sounds like too-thick seasoning coming off. Keep cooking.

                                                  1. re: kaleokahu
                                                    EatsFats Feb 25, 2011 08:47 PM

                                                    Eh? Too thick? Not sure what you mean. No, the pan came all black. I now see bits of "silver" metal poking through, so definitely I've scrubbed off whatever was on there before. Also strangely, try as I might, I don't get black bits on my cloth or sponge, but it comes off during cooking only...

                                                  2. re: EatsFats
                                                    Politeness Feb 25, 2011 09:15 PM

                                                    EatsFats: "...it's because I use too much soap (really, just the residual on a scrubby sponge)"

                                                    Uh-oh. That "scrubby sponge" was not a ScotchBrite or equivalent was it? All of our Nambutetsu have started off black, and we have used then hard, but we never have seen bare (grey) iron on any of them, ever. (We also never have used soap on them, though we have swiped them from time to time with previously soapy rags.)

                                                    1. re: Politeness
                                                      EatsFats Feb 25, 2011 09:17 PM

                                                      Which ScotchBrite? :-)
                                                      No, it is not Scotch brand and it's a sponge that I wouldn't use for the "normal" pots & pans because it isn't strong enough to take off anything on those...
                                                      At any rate, I have transitioned over to just a coarse rag, no more brush or scrubby sponge.
                                                      (For the life of me, I can't remember what I used to wash my mom's pan with, even though I was the one who did most of the washing!)

                                                      1. re: EatsFats
                                                        Politeness Feb 26, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                        EatsFats: "Which ScotchBrite?"

                                                        The (usually green) clothlike "sponges" about a quarter inch thick have some very, very hard mineral embedded within the fibers. It is hard enough to scratch, not only the coating of the pan, but the cast iron surface itself. In the warranty for pots and pans in the Sitram Cybernox line, there is a specific reference to ScotchBrite pads, the use of which voids the warranty.

                                                    2. re: EatsFats
                                                      tanuki soup Feb 25, 2011 10:37 PM

                                                      I'd suggest you try a natural fiber scrubbing brush. The natural fibers are stiff enough to get cast iron nice and clean without damaging the seasoning.

                                                      I use a Japanese "tawashi" to scrub out the inside. After that, I do use soap to get the oil or grease off, but only by gentle wiping with a soft sponge. After drying the pan, I wipe a bit of safflower oil on the inside with a paper towel (a very thin film) and then hang it up.

                                                      I think you should be able to find a tawashi in the US. If not, I believe Lodge makes a natural fiber scrub brush for its cast iron pans.

                                                      BTW, whenever I notice signs of black stuff starting to build up on any of my cast iron pans, I scrub them out with coarse kosher salt and olive oil. It really works great.

                                                      Hope these suggestions help you get your Iwachu frying pan performing as it should ASAP!

                                                      1. re: tanuki soup
                                                        Politeness Feb 26, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                        tanuki soup: "I think you should be able to find a tawashi in the US."

                                                        Definitely. If there is no specialty gourmet cooking store near you, tawashi will be found in the cosmetics section of any large supermarket or variety store as a bath/shower aid, and often is called a "loofa."

                                                        1. re: Politeness
                                                          tanuki soup Feb 26, 2011 04:48 PM

                                                          Also available from Amazon US. The shipping charge is more than the tawashi itself, but would probably be more reasonable if you bought 3 or 4 of them.


                                                          1. re: tanuki soup
                                                            EatsFats Feb 27, 2011 09:23 PM

                                                            Thanks for the suggestions. Those types of "natural" scrubbies can be found all over the place here. I do live in a foodie town :-)
                                                            I did think about oiling up the pan after each wash with the paper towel, the problem is that the Iwachu is fairly coarse (compared to most other cast irons I'm used to), so I end up leaving little bits of paper residue on the pan...

                                              2. grampart Jul 10, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                It does look really nice. Who makes it? How much?

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                                                1. re: grampart
                                                  tanuki soup Jul 10, 2009 07:52 AM

                                                  It's an Iwachu "omelette pan" from Japan (where I live). Ordered it from Amazon's Japanese website for about $60.

                                                  1. re: tanuki soup
                                                    Politeness Jul 10, 2009 06:49 PM

                                                    tanuki soup: Iwachu.

                                                    Motciron. I had guessed before I saw your second post. The best cast iron in the world, bar none. Omedetou.

                                                    1. re: Politeness
                                                      tanuki soup Jul 10, 2009 09:19 PM

                                                      Thanks, Politeness. Actually, it was reading your very favorable comments about Iwachu cast iron that led me to check out what was available from Amazon Japan.

                                                      I'm embarrassed to confess that the first cooking task for this lovely pan was to fry up a batch of "Morning Serve" Japanese pseudo-sausages last night. They *did* come out great, though!

                                                      1. re: tanuki soup
                                                        Politeness Jul 11, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                        tanuki soup, I agree that the pan has elegant lines. In addition to being fine craftsmen, the artisans at Iwachu apparently include some people with an artistic eye. I do not know where in Japan you live, but the pan looks to be well suited to Kansai-style okomiyaki. Of course, I can conjure other tanukis that have not yet been caught.

                                                        1. re: tanuki soup
                                                          kramark Dec 2, 2010 09:20 AM

                                                          Tanuki Soup:

                                                          I tried looking for this omelet pan EVERYWHERE and cannot find it. Can't find it on Amazon.com either. Any idea where I can find it? I am new to Chowhound and I don't know if they provide for private messaging to discuss in private???


                                                          1. re: kramark
                                                            tanuki soup Dec 2, 2010 07:29 PM

                                                            Here's a link to the Iwachu omelet pan at a HUGE Japanese online shopping site called Rakuten (which is the front end for more than 120,000 Japanese stores offering more than 68 million products).

                                                            I was surprised and pleased to see that they now have listings in English. It also appears that overseas shipping is available (although I don't have any experience with that because I live in Japan). I hope that Rakuten can send it to your location, and that the shipping charges aren't too outrageous. Good luck!


                                                            PS. The machine translation is a bit iffy ("Fluffy omelette ass realization"?!) and also seems to be a little out of date, but I think you should be able to get the gist of it.

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                                                              joonjoon Dec 3, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                              Fluffy omelette ass realization!!! That is gold.

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                                                                cannibal Dec 4, 2010 01:42 AM

                                                                Oshiri pan? Nan desu ka!

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                                                                  Politeness Dec 4, 2010 05:45 AM

                                                                  The original Japanese reads, in relevant part (using Hepburn romanization):

                                                                  "fu wa fu wa TORO TORO OMURETSU jitsugen"

                                                                  where "fu wa fu wa" is in hiragana, "TORO TORO OMURETSU" is in katakana, and "jitsuken" is in kanji.

                                                                  Deconstructing from the end:

                                                                  "Realization" is a decent translation of jitsugen.

                                                                  OMURETSU is, of course, a phonetic katakana rendering of "omlette."

                                                                  But I have not before come across the idiomatic phrase "fu wa fu wa TORO TORO."

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                                                                  Naguere Dec 4, 2010 06:14 AM

                                                                  tanuki soup

                                                                  How utterly fantastic so many things that I want from this site.

                                                                  Thank you:

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