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Jan 21, 2010 03:14 PM

I ruined my new cast iron skillet - help!


I finally received a cast iron skillet for Christmas this year. Everything was going along swimmingly until I took it off the stovetop. I accidentally set it on a rubbery-type potholder/trivet type thing. Now, I can't get the bits of potholder off the bottom! I tried reheating it to melt the rubbery stuff, but it just won't come off... thoughts? suggestions? Thank you in advance.

  1. Try putting the skillet in the freezer for a while. You should be able to to scrape off the residue with butter knife or plastic scraper.

    1. I can't fathom why it didn't come off when you reheated it. Did you go high heat for quite a while? How about putting it on your BBQ on really high heat. If you don't have one, ask a friend. There's no reason in the world that I can think of why this won't come off and then all you have to do is reseason.

      1. It will probably come off if you re-season's the link:

        1. you could try putting in a self cleaning oven - reasoning def needed after

          1. Cast iron is pretty tough. Just keep cooking with it until the crud comes off. Check back in 10-20 years.

            3 Replies
            1. re: steve h.

              Perhaps the best piece of advice I've ever seen on CH :)

              1. re: steve h.

                Haha, I agree Oliver. Easily the best advice on CH ever. If this were Facebook, I would "like" this.

                1. re: steve h.

                  I like this answer! 20 years should be sufficient