super sad skillet?
Apr. 25, 2011 9:30 pm
Updated: Apr. 28, 2011 11:36 pm
I imagine that many of you are aware of my newer dilemma, searching for the BEST cookware, and my renewed interest in cast iron... True to her word, Rose did bring me one of her mother's old ones... I just hadn't quite expected what was handed to me!
Mind you, I'm not complaining, just taken aback, as I have little to no idea how to care for cast iron, let alone "rejuvinate" an obviously well used, but slightly "misused" skillet, that's no doubt old as the hills themselves!
I have taken some pics, and will post them once (I've bored you all to tears!) As I say, I am quite ignorant, but surely the exterior of this pan should not look as it does, not to mention the interior... I did take a few to go online to learn what I could,
but surprisingly I didn't find too much that I felt could be of help. I am confidant, though, that my good friends at AllRecipes will rally to my aide, and post all sorts of ideas, advice, do's and don'ts.
These are some of the points I've read this evening -
Never use soap. Never boil water in the pans, (guess ya can't cook spuds or pasta?lol) Keep it coated in and out with a LIGHT coating of oil - veg, canola, or the like. Never use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers (with the exception of salt...) Remove interior
cooked on crud by boiling water using a metal spatula if needed - never leave unattended while doing this - rinse well, place back on hot burner to dry TOTALLY, wipe with oil. Unfortunately, the outside is crustier than cooking surfaces!
I can see how boiling a bit of water for a short amt. of time should loosen the crud inside... but there's still the exterior to deal with... at least I've never seen one in this condition!
So friends, have at it... I imagine that there will be differing thoughts as to plan of attack, but don't doubt that you can all be civil to one another! On with the pics...
So be well, be happy, be crazy