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Jan 30, 2014 06:57 AM

Need some cast iron reseasoning advice.

I have been cooking with cast iron for about a year and love it. But after making stroganoff last night in my big CI skillet, I noticed the burger was sticking pretty bad so after I cleaned it up I decided to bake some more oil into the pan. I swiped some canola oil in, laid it face down in the oven and baked it at 350 for about 2 hours. What came out was a sticky mess! What do I do now. I do not have a self cleaning oven any longer, I got one low temp steam model. I do have a Weber gas grill outside, however I live in MN, very cold out and I don't know if I can maintain the heat to clean this pan. Help me please! Thanks.

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  1. You got the sticky mess because you put too much oil on--next time, heat the pan on top of the stove, and wipe the inner surface with a paper towel with a tablespoon of oil on it. Then, dry with a clean paper towel. You just want the barest film of oil.

    You can remove the sticky with a sponge and salt, a little dishsoap and a lot of scrubbing.

    I have done this myself--no great tragedy.

    When I cook with my cast iron, I wash it with soap, and a scrubbie if I need it. I dry it on the stove, and wipe it with the oil as above, and I do that nearly every time I use my pans.

    2 Replies
    1. re: sparrowgrass

      How do I get this sticky mess off the pan?

      1. re: Augieang

        You can get the sticky mess off with heat, chemicals or scrubbing.

        IMO 350 is too low a temp to polymerize any oil. My method is to wipe a very thin coat of oil on the pan, place in the oven for an hour or so, then let cool without opening the door. Repeat as necessary.

    2. < I swiped some canola oil in, laid it face down in the oven and baked it at 350 for about 2 hours. >

      It is not clear from your statement, but usually it is better to bake the cast iron cookware upside down for seasoning. Also, it is very important to only apply a thin layer of oil.

      <What came out was a sticky mess! What do I do now.>

      It depends how bad. It is very minor, then you can live with it. If the sticky mess is pretty major, then you will have to remove it. You can use heat, chemical or physical (scrubbing/sanding) as Bigjim has said.

      1. put some plain dish soap on it and try to remove as much of the mess as you can by scrubbing with the soap. Rinse out and repeat if you feel its making progress. If that doesn't work you can try to burn it off in a hot (over 400 degrees) oven, or by letting it sit on a hot burner till it burns. Turn on your exhaust fan, there is going to be a lot of smoke. After thats done and the pan has cooled down, put a palmful of salt in the pan and use the bottom of a can to scrub the surface with the salt. Then you can start to re-season it properly.

        1. use a paste of salt and water to remove the sticky stuff....

          in the future, season at a higher temperature (375 works for me) and use a paper towel to wipe out any excess oil before seasoning

          1. Some things in cast iron kinda almost slide around pan... like eggs or grilled cheese. Anything that has liquid... means a little scrubbing IMO?!? Cheap-o salt and lots of hot water. Then back on burner till HOT and another generous dab of bacon grease... that's what my grandmother always used.