Fire damage to vintage cast iron cookware.
I recently went up to the southern shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin to visit with my friends Louise and Tom, who keep their 35’ sailboat at Siskiwit Bay Marina in Cornucopia. I’ve come to visit and tent camp alongside their slip many, many times […]
“In a properly seasoned cast iron pan, one that has been rubbed with oil and heated repeatedly, the oil has already broken down into a plastic-like substance that has bonded to the surface of the metal. This is what gives well-seasoned cast iron its non-stick properties, and as the material is no longer actually an oil, the surfactants in dish soap should not affect it. Go ahead and soap it up and scrub it out.” J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT, author of “The Food Lab”
Sandra K, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wrote to me and said: “I’m out of Pam, but I found a can of cold pressed Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray. I cannot find my Pam, just moved and it must have been left behind. Will this Olive […]
CLEANING IRON—QUICK FIXES By Doris Mosier PROBLEM: BUILT UP CRUD & GREASE SOLUTION: LYE For one piece: You well need a plastic bag & easy off oven cleaner. Don’t get the unscented Easy off as it won’t work well. Get the original Easy Off Oven […]
Shirl M. from Ann Arbor, Michigan sent in two photos of her large block logo Griswold no. 5 cast iron skillet, and said: “Hi,I purchased a set of Griswold pans from [a seller] a couple of years ago.I’ve really enjoyed them. I don’t use soap, […]