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Restart a Cast Iron Skillet - food.straw.restart PEP BB

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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 straw badge in Food Prep and Preservation

For this badge bit, you will restart a cast iron skillet!

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Minimum requirements for this BB:
- restart a cast iron skillet, griddle or dutch oven

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
   - original cast iron skillet
   - progress of restarting the cast iron skillet
   - completed restart of cast iron skillet
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Hooray!  This BB is up.  I self-cleaned the oven the other day, and tried out restarting a cast iron skillet at the same time.  Picked up one at a garage sale that was in bad shape, but it was only a couple of dollars and it was a size I didn't have.
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Hubby said it looked like it had been used as an oil pan under a car!
Hubby said it looked like it had been used as an oil pan under a car!
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Into the oven on the bottom rack.
Into the oven on the bottom rack.
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Self-clean oven on.
Self-clean oven on.
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After photo
After photo
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The other side of the after photo
The other side of the after photo
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Wiping off the rust x3. I used coconut oil.
Wiping off the rust x3. I used coconut oil.
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 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
300 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Back into the oven with a thicker coat of oil. (oops. out of order.)
Back into the oven with a thicker coat of oil. (oops. out of order.)
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Voila! Good as new. Well, still imperfect -- it still looks a little rusty even though I wiped it over and over again.
Voila! Good as new. Well, still imperfect -- it still looks a little rusty even though I wiped it over and over again.
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Fatty ground beef to help build up the polymers.
Fatty ground beef to help build up the polymers.
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Thanks, Mike, for the tip about flax seed oil.  I should've used that first!  The pan looks much better after it.
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Julie Harris wrote:Thanks, Mike, for the tip about flax seed oil.  I should've used that first!  The pan looks much better after it.



I love flax seed oil for cast iron.  
 
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Cooking with it should take care of it from here
Cooking with it should take care of it from here
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I've talked to my dad a few times about getting some cast iron cookware. He never really seemed interested because he didn't know how to maintain it, but he slowly warmed up to the idea. We were going to buy one, but he mentioned remembering that we had one around somewhere...

So two days ago when we were searching for pucks to use at the outdoor rink, I stumbled upon the skillet in the camping 'section' of the garage. It was a little grimy but solid like I expected. My mom was understandably worried about the bottom scratching the glass stovetop, so I said I could clean it somehow. I read Paul's post on cast iron and saw the self-cleaning oven idea, and I decided not to follow it. Nothing against the idea, I just like my angle grinder and and my wire wheel brush. It worked very well as the brush is much harder than the caked on stuff but far softer than the iron itself. So long story short, I cleaned up the bottom of the skillet, and would you look at that, it's a Wagner! Woo! Tonight my mom cooked some ground beef in it, and I cleaned it up afterwards. It is looking pretty sharp and is ready for years or decades of use.
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Grimy bottom
Grimy bottom
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Grinding with wire wheel
Grinding with wire wheel
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Cleaner bottom - you can even read the Wagner Ware and the bottom text too!
Cleaner bottom - you can even read the Wagner Ware and the bottom text too!
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After cooking some ground beef and being cleaned by yours truly
After cooking some ground beef and being cleaned by yours truly
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Both these skillets underwent a deseasoning incident recently, so they needed reseasoning. They don’t look bad, no rust to clean off, but the inside surface was down to bare iron and everything was sticking like mad.
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Deseasoned skillets
Deseasoned skillets
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Oiled up and in the oven. Don’t grab the hot handle!
Oiled up and in the oven. Don’t grab the hot handle!
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Reseasoned and ready to cook
Reseasoned and ready to cook
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Alas my pan accidentally ended up in the dishwasher so need some love.

I don’t have a self cleaning oven and it just needed reseaoning.



Before seasoning


After seasoning

Frying an egg video
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I didn’t take a middle step photo last time. It didn’t make sense to go through the process with a cast iron pan that’s now seasoned, so I’m resubmitting with a cast iron griddle, applying the same principles.

I used my pellet BBQ to burn off the junk at 600+ degrees. I then used a bbq scrubber and wire wool to strip back to the metal. I finished off on the hob with oil.
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Before
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Scrubbing
Scrubbing
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Wire wool
Wire wool
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Ready for seasoning
Ready for seasoning
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Finished
Finished
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Finished
Finished
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