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Feb 25, 2012 04:05 PM

Cleaning egg film from cast iron?

So I made a frittata today, and the food got particularly stuck (might've used too high heat/pan not seasoned enough). Anyway, it was pretty stuck on, and I tried scraping it off, using a bit of water and boiling it, actually putting a large amount of water and scraping it (part of the problem is the sides are also pretty stuck on and it's hard to scrape that with a spatula).

So it's pretty much gone, except for bits of "egg film" on the pan, like water stains if you let your kitchenware air dry.

What should I do now? Do I have to use detergent? I currently decided to just try reseasoning it some more but I'm not sure the egg film will cause problems later, e.g. make the seasoning come off when the egg comes off.

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  1. A couple of tablespoons of Kosher salt with some cooking oil added will do the trick. Warm the pan a little and use a paper towel to scrub the mixture. Repeat if necessary and then rinse with hot water and dry.

    1. Ah, I didn't think of using oil and salt. I tried salt by itself and also water and salt.

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      1. re: Dracil

        I find the oil works better as a carrier to lift the particles that would remain behind. Same function that motor oil in an engine performs in addition to lubrication.

        1. re: Dracil

          After that, you'll need to reseason, of course. I'd recommend 2+ treatments.

          1. Hot water, a bit of soak time and one of those Dobie brand plastic mesh encased scrub sponges as gently as gets the job done.
            Reseason as needed. Soap NEVER.