Cooking with cast iron

Discussion in 'The Good Life' started by Sara-s, Jun 28, 2021.

  1. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    I like the 12” deep skillet.


    Much less spatter to clean up.

    And you should see how much ground beef that can be browned up all at once.
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  2. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Why am I also thinking about all the cartoon violence that could be accomplished with that thing? :eek:
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  3. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    It could get the coyote into no end of trouble.
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  4. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    I know this is a cast iron thread, but if you haven't tried it carbon steel is definitely nice to use as well. I baked a pizza in a 15" Lodge carbon steel pan tonight and it was yummy.

    This was the pan I used for it, but I only paid $30 for it at an outlet store near me.

  5. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Killer deal, Dale!
    I have two carbon steel pans and motivated by this thread to pick up a third. Should have it Wednesday.

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  6. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    That looks yummy, even to the lactose intolerant. :(
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  7. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    @PanChango you did get a great deal on that pan. Since carbon steel is definitely a cousin to cast iron, this thread is as good a place as any to discuss it.
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  8. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    I'm a carbon steel girl.

    I love my Darto saute pan. Going to get the paella pan next.
    One piece, no rivets nor welds.
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  9. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Nice. I saw that they were back in stock recently and have been resisting getting another one.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2021
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  10. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    $15 flat rate shipping. I ordered 2 paella pans (the 35 and 27), and 5 free keychains. :D

    Of course that has led me to looking at a new stove. To complete my kitchen remodel.......
  11. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Cast iron is a great for most cooking.
    I have lots of it.
    I have a coated cast iron Dutch oven for stuff like chili.
    Carbon steel is also very good.
    I like it because it is a little bit lighter and you can toss things easier.
    I have 2 frying pans.
    I also have stainless steel pots and pans.
    I use them for things like deep frying, clarifying butter, syrup and candy.

    Oh and I like cornbread in an iron skillet.
    Mine is gluten free.
    The only way to make cornbread.

    A good 10 inch iron skillet with a lid, a " chicken fryer " deep skillet with a lid.
    Those two things will cook 90% of everything you can cook with castiron.
    Add a flat griddle and your set for life.

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  12. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Gas is the way to go stovewise ;) since we're enabling and all.
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  13. DrStrange

    DrStrange Well-Known Member

    I shot a photo essay concerning the nonstick nature of a properly seasoned cast iron skillet.
    This is not how I usually cook eggs.
    I wiped the skillet clean with paper towels.
    I put 3 eggs and some jalapeno slices in a cold skillet.
    I put the lid on and cranked up the heat for 3 minutes and then let it rest for 2 minutes.

    The cold skillet:


    3 eggs and jalapeno slices in the cold skillet:


    The eggs cooked:


    One egg separated from the others:


    One egg removed:


    Two eggs removed:


    The empty skillet:


    What makes the skillet special in terms of being nonstick,
    is that the nonstick surface can be repaired simply.
    If anything happens to it, I just scrape it flat and cook with oil.

    The two most common ways to ruin it are by over heating it
    or using detergent on it.
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  14. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    Induction is the most energy efficient, safest, and easiest to clean.
    Gas is the least for all those points.

    Gas is also not available in my area.
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  15. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    I've never cooked on induction so that didn't even occur to me.

    Gas stoves are definitely a pain to clean.
  16. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    That is what I have and it is also the easiest to warp pans too.

    We don't have any gas lines run here, so I would need to get the 200 lb tanks and have delivery which just isnt worth the hassle.
  17. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    Carbon Steel pans?
  18. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Yes. I have to take my time and slowly heat them. I start with the stove on 2 or 3 for 5 plus minutes, then move it up slightly. I never go above 5 or 6 with them and normally turn it down during the cook. It is kind of a drag. I picked a Matfer 12" pan and brought it up to temp a little quickly on the first cook and it became a spinner. Luckily it mostly went back to shape.
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  19. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    There's a fella on you tube that does cookware reviews, Uncle Scott's Kitchen. He tests on gas, glass top and induction. I've seen a couple of his videos where the carbon steel pans warped using induction.

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  20. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    If I didn't prefer a gas stove for a non-cooking reason, I would have induction too. It doesn't happen often but when we lose power during a freezing winter day, it's nice to fire up the gas stove to heat up the kitchen and living room area. That's a bit of a moot point now that I have a portable generator that I converted to run off my natural gas and in which powers my whole house. But I will keep my gas stove until it stops working.
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