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Jun 20, 2014 10:55 AM

deglazing in cast iron

when sauteeing chicken in a CI skillet, when deglazing (I use water or broth), does deglazing remove the seasoning from the CI skillet?
I've always used stainless steel and I would like to break in my new
CI skillet for the first time use.

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  1. Sure it can be done. Assuming that you don't wash it between uses You might experience cross-over flavors from other foods you cook in that pan however.

    1. You can deglaze, but I would use a wooden utensil and non-acidic deglazing liquid (water or broth is fine).

      1. CI skillets are great for making fond and deglazing and well seasoned even deglazing with acids like wine will be fine.

        You say you are breaking in you skillet for the first time? Have you seasoned it yourself or are you working with only the "Pre-seasoning"?

        usually for breaking in a skillet I would recommend frying a lot and getting my seasoning good and solid before sauté/deglaze. If you are using broth you should be fine and the deglaze will help clean the fond from the skillet - actually making your life easier - if you seasoning is a bit reduced after just oil and heat after cleaning.

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        1. re: JTPhilly

          hey, thanks for your help
          I got the CI preseasoned, but went ahead and seasoned it again myself.

        2. Stainless is actually better for deglazing IMO; more sticky usually means more fond.

          But yes, you can deglaze in CI, with non-acidic stuff, although I tend to avoid it because I find it does give a slight off taste even with plain water or stock.

          1. I don't often plan to use CI when cooking something that I'll be deglazing. If I cook say a burger in CI, there will be stuff sorta stuck to bottom of pan. I pour a little water into pan while it's still hot. By the time pans cools enough to handle, the crud pushes right of pan with spatula. Then I give it a scrub with cheap salt and hot water, back on burner till hot & dry, and a little dab of bacon grease... all ready for next use.