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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Food Prep and Preservation

For this badge bit, you will fry an egg on a cast iron skillet so that is slides around.

Step
1

Season Your Pan



To do this, you are going to want a seasoned cast iron skillet. If you do not have a seasoned one, here's a great article by Paul about seasoning one: How To: Cast Iron Skillet Non-Stick and Lasts a Lifetime. Here's an excerpt:

paul wheaton wrote: I think the best way to season a cast iron skillet is to use it. In the beginning, you might use a little more oil/grease than you would normally use - just to make sure that you don't have to scrub afterward. Once you have some seasoning layers built up, you can use less oil/grease. That's it! All of your cast iron seasoning needs are taken care of by just simply using the cast iron cookware.



and a faster method that he mentions:

... If I was gonna try this sort of bake style seasoning again, I would:

Put on a thin coat of oil/grease all over the cast iron skillet. Inside and outside.
Put foil under the skillet to catch any dripping oil.
Turn your fan on, because this is gonna smoke!
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Wipe out as much grease as you can with a paper towel.
Bake for another 45 minutes, then turn the oven off, leaving the door closed.
After an hour or more, remove from oven.





Step
2

Cook your egg!


Now that your skillet is seasoned, it's time to show it off! You can cook your egg however you like (omelet, scrambled, fried)--it just needs to not stick and be fried in the pan!

Generally, it's good to get your pan heated before you crack the egg on it. That helps it not stick. Medium heat tends to work well for me when cooking an egg.

Put a bit of butter or other oil in your pan. You don't need much. Wait until the oil is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on the oil in. Now crack your egg in! Depending on your egg, you might want to turn the heat down to medium-low (duck eggs tend to do better at lower temps), but, some people like their eggs crispy, so cook your egg the way you want!

Here's a video of an egg sliding merrily around in Paul and Jocelyn's pan.



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must use a cast iron skillet
  - you must cook an egg on the skillet, and it must be able to slide around

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a ten second long video showing the egg sliding around the pan
   - pics (or video) of the pan cleanup
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I think watching pauls video is a must. It's not what i envisioned. He is pushing the egg around, showing it slides.  My vision was literal. Drop the egg and then move the skillet around,  showing it gliding around. Wasn't sure how to accomplish it. Great job nicole!
 
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Today, before Dungeons and Dragons at a friend of mine's house, I got to learn how to their cast iron skillet, and I fried eggs for everyone! It took me frying five eggs to finally get one to slide around and not stick. The eggs were quiet delicious, because I cooked them in the bacon grease leftover from the bacon my friend had just cooked in the cast iron skillet! The bacon was tasty, too!

Here is a ten second video of the egg that I fried that slid around the pan!



And these are pictures from me cleaning the cast iron skillet!
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The dirty cast iron skillet from frying eggs.
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The cast iron skillet after rinsing with water.
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Rubbing the cast iron skillet with rock salt
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Rinsing out the rock salt
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Drying the cast iron skillet before seasoning it
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Getting ready to rub olive oil all over the cast iron skillet
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The cast iron skillet after rubbing olive oil all over it
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The cast iron skillet after rubbing off the excess olive oil
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Dave,

As you try this in the future, see if you can do it with less oil.   And then the cleanup should be just a quick wipe.

The trick to getting the eggs to slide around is two things:

   - the salt that is put on the pan before the egg, and

   - put the egg on the moment the oil starts to smoke






 
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http:/youtu.be/52wtq8ctkLs

This is my first time trying to upload a video so fingers crossed.
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Received this pan as a gift about 7 years ago.  It is now what we use for 80% of our cooking.  

The wife tends low in iron, so it's great for her.  I on the other hand must give blood yearly to keep from getting high iron.  

Worth it.

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Attempting to embed the video:

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Here's my egg. It was yummy.


This pic was after I ate the egg. Which was yummy.


This pic was after I ran a dish towel over the pan and called it clean. I didn't show the towel, though.
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Here is the great egg frying on my smoothest cast iron pan.  I just put a little oil on the pan with the silicon brush in my stove side oil well once the pan was heated, medium heat ( button 3 on the vintage electric range).  Clean up took a second, just a couple quick swipes with my felted wool sponge under cold water, you can see when I am done the pan still has an oil sheen, then onto a hot stove burner to dry.

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Most people put the video on youtube.  Is your video on youtube?
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Most people put the video on youtube.  Is your video on youtube?



No it is here on my phone, I do not have or want to have a YouTube or google account.  I appreciate that this forum is independent of corporate hosting
 
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