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Cut onion on carbon steel?

macsandindianfood Nov 12, 2013 11:01 AM

Hi All,

I have seen videos of cooks rubbing a half of a cut onion on cast iron frypans to enhance the non stick ability. However, I have a De Buyer carbon steel pan. I am wondering if this would help or hinder the seasoning on the carbon steel pan? Afraid to try it until I know :-)

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: macsandindianfood Nov 12, 2013 12:00 PM

    I didn't know about the onion rubbing thing for cast iron. However, cast iron and carbon steel are very similar. I would be very surprise that the same method cannot be used -- this is assuming that it actually works for cast iron.

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      macsandindianfood RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 12, 2013 12:05 PM

      I saw a video of someone making dosa who swore by the onion thing. I may try it…making my first dosa's tonight. Wish me luck, lol :-)

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        Kalivs RE: macsandindianfood Nov 13, 2013 09:59 AM

        Good luck & please send any extras this way

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          macsandindianfood RE: Kalivs Nov 18, 2013 02:57 PM

          It came out pretty good, although I still need to work on my technique!

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            Kalivs RE: macsandindianfood Nov 18, 2013 09:43 PM

            looks great!

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      filtered RE: macsandindianfood Nov 13, 2013 09:41 AM

      i vaguely recall to season carbon steel woks, chives were the preferred rub. kinda the same thing i guess.

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        RealMenJulienne RE: filtered Nov 19, 2013 08:09 AM

        When I got my Debuyer fry pan, the sales guy told me to season it by stir frying whole scallions in it. All that did was create an unholy burnt-on mess. So, I am inclined to stay away from using onions for non-stick enhancing purposes.

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