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boiling in a cast iron skillet

fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2012 05:58 PM

is it a bad idea to boil taco meat in a cast iron pan?

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  1. annfaulkner RE: fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2012 06:02 PM

    Don't know what you mean by boil...I use mine to make taco meat.....

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    1. re: annfaulkner
      fldhkybnva RE: annfaulkner Sep 19, 2012 06:10 PM

      This is to make the typical ground beef TexMex style tacos. I brown the meat in the cast iron and then a cup or so of water and seasoning and boil the meat. It just dawned on me that perhaps that is not the best idea to dredge my cast iron in water for up to 20 minutes.

      1. re: annfaulkner
        Bethcooks RE: annfaulkner Sep 19, 2012 06:11 PM

        I also cook taco meat in my cast iron pan but I am careful about tomatoes or other foods with a high acid content. Does your recipe use tomatoes in any form? Is your pan very well seasoned?

        1. re: Bethcooks
          fldhkybnva RE: Bethcooks Sep 19, 2012 06:13 PM

          Nope, no tomatoes. It's only a few months old.

          1. re: fldhkybnva
            Bethcooks RE: fldhkybnva Sep 20, 2012 07:05 AM

            I do just as you do - brown meat, add water and seasoning, and simmer in my cast iron skillet. I sometimes add a can of tomatoes. Doesn't seem to bother pan at all but it isn't new and it is very well seasoned.

            1. re: Bethcooks
              fldhkybnva RE: Bethcooks Sep 20, 2012 07:35 AM

              Ok, thanks. I just wanted to double check as tacos are a weekly sometimes twice weekly occurrence. Is it normal for a new cast iron pan to have to rinse it with some water when I use it to clean it off? It is not yet to the state that I can just wipe it clean without some liquid and a light scrape.

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                unburritable RE: fldhkybnva Sep 20, 2012 07:37 AM

                yes - its normal to rinse it off and wipe clean, even after it's well seasoned

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