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Food is stuck in my cast iron pan...I read I should put water in it and boil it, but won't that...

Annah Rachel


Joined: Aug 28, 2011
Posts: 112
take the seasoning off??

Because I just did that and my pan looks very dull. =/ I don't think it was that seasoned to begin with, but I've had this pan for about a month now, and it doesn't seem to be becoming non-stick! =/
Jay Green


Joined: Feb 03, 2012
Posts: 587
    
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It takes a long, long time of repeated seasonings before cast iron skillets become non-stick. Just re-season it and next time just put some oil in on top of the stuck food and wait until it softens enough to be scraped out with a spatula. Then sprinkle some salt in the pan and scour it with the salt and some oil~some people use newspaper to do this but paper towel or a rag will be fine. Oil it again before storing.
Burra Maluca
Mother Tree

Joined: Apr 03, 2010
Posts: 4613
Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
    
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Have a read of Paul's cast iron article, then do what you have to do to clean the pan and re-season it.


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Leila Rich
steward

Joined: May 24, 2010
Posts: 3761
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
    
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I use a cheap paint scraper/plastering thingie with the sharp corners rounded off. No food has ever withstood its scrapy power!
As Jay says, creating a good seasoning layer takes time, it's not a one-off thing.
In my experience, the best seasoning is animal fat. I should eat more meat, for my pan's sake, of course
Jordan Lowery
volunteer

Joined: Sep 26, 2009
Posts: 1528
Location: zone 7
    
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what were you cooking?


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