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Cast Iron Cooking - How many of you cook solely on cast iron cookware?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Squished, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Asaltweapon

    Asaltweapon NES Member

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    Unless you have an abnormally large burner the larger pans don't cook very evenly in my experience. Personally I'd use 2 12's.

    Antique stores or fleabay are the better bet.
     

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    that was my go-to method too - till my gut went sideways - but, yum, was it good!
     
  3. toekneepea

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    The only workaround for larger pans is to heat them in the oven for an hour and then start cooking with them on a burner. Lots of extra time/energy...
     
  4. grey

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    ^^I have an old BSR #14. Its huge
     
  5. atmay

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    I love cooking with bacon fat, but I don’t wear pants often enough to cook bacon enough to have enough fat to cook with.
     
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    Over easy, nice and greasy
     
  7. SERE

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    Or when you are at a drive to deer camp and cooking over the coals for a group of 4 or 5. Then, that pan is worth it's weight in gold.
     
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  8. Artie

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    I have an older Lodge 14SK that gets the job done. It wasn't preseasoned and is real smooth, not rough like the newer Lodge CI. Too big for my stove top but great on the grill, in the oven and for camping. Heavy as hell.
     
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    I get most of my stuff down in NC as it is cheap and plentiful. Usually needs work though. Just grabbed a 10" square Wagner that is beat but solid. Will toss in the oven and run a self clean cycle. Fingers crossed.

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  10. atmay

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    You *should* be able to use any size pan on any size burner....just a matter of letting it soak for long enough.

    It definitely way easier (and faster) to match the pan size to the burner size, though.
     
  11. PennyPincher

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    save yourself teh hassle and look on ebay for a griswold or other old one
     
  12. grey

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    Or my personal favorite, Birmingham Stove and Range Red Mountain series. Glossy smooth inside and out. Semi hand finished if I remember correctly. I have a few Century series from the same company. Only the inside is smooth (no problem there, just not as neat looking). I wouldn't mind a nice Griswold but the price is out of sight for equal quality
     
  13. Asaltweapon

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    Your looking in the wrong places. That’s fact from a long time buyer/owner.
     
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    Brings to mind the line, "It's like cooking bacon in the nude. You know you're going to get hurt, just not where or how bad."
     
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    Tag sale / estate sale for me. Found some of my nicest pieces in other people's houses.
     
  16. Mike Stanton

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    Disagree.

    Wipe a seasoned CI Skillet with a little oil, and eggs slide right off.
     
  17. Mike Stanton

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    Grape or Avocado Oil both have very high Smoke Points, and are also acceptable.

    Though Bacon is awesome for seasoning CI.
     
  18. Andy in NH

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    I agree with your disagreement.

    Cooking cowboy scrambled eggs in my cast iron pan is no problem.

     
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    Lodge makes HUGE skillets you can find in the camping/sports section of wally-world (I have a rusty one in my workshop I need to season) that are up to the task. Also, they used to make skillets called "Chicken Fryers" that were deeper than regular skillets (I have a Griswold like this from the 1920s) -- also, a dutch oven would work well for fried chicken.
     
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    ....which is different from the way most people (at least as far as I’ve seen) cook with non-stick.

    So you don’t actually disagree.

    And my original response there was made under the assumption that the guy with the eggs sticking to his new enameled cast iron assumed that CI and Teflon pans work the same way.

    They do not.
     
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    Scrambled eggs are one of the few things I do not use CI for, I use my All-Clad sauté pan for this application.
     
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    Where the ever loving he** is Squished?
     
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    I hope squashed is ok. Miss him on this email thread .
     
  24. Andy in NH

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    The last PM I got from him was over a year ago; beginning of Dec, 2017.
    I have his name and mailing address from a box (a cast iron pan) he shipped to me.
    I did a Google obituary search with his name and town, but nothing relevant came up.
    I have his email address from the PayPal transaction and just reached out to him a few minutes ago.
     
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    Hi Folks, I still read this thread ALL the time. After the birth of my son last year (first kid) I've been way over my head with my full time job and developing my own company. Yep, I still cook in cast iron daily, at least two meals a day anyway as I usually miss lunch. Those of you local to the North Shore MA can usually find me poking around Patriot Arms in Ipswich on Saturdays for a few hours. Aside from that, it's been work, work, and more work. Day care is effing EXPENSIVE. In December I spent 2.5 weeks in Africa for work so it's probably fitting that I share a few of my better photos! I'm here, I'm alive, and somewhat? well. TIRED.

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    And keeping it relevant, cast iron at flea markets and estate sales has been HARD to find lately. Prices have gone way way way up in the last 2 years. Not uncommon to see a rotten skillet for 40-50 bucks at an estate sale when fully restored it's only worth 30. And people are buying them!
     
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    NICE!! Glad to see your ok, congrats on the linoleum lizard!
     
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    LOL he tripped a guy at the museum of science today. If we didn't catch the guy he was going flat on his ass.
     
  28. Mike Stanton

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    [QUOTE="Andy in NH, post: 6148051, member: 4227"]I agree with your disagreement.

    Cooking cowboy scrambled eggs in my cast iron pan is no problem.

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    And I AGREE with YOU !

    This is getting a little complicated - Granted.

    :D:D:D

    I don't see how anyone gets eggs stuck to Cast Iron.
     
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    [shocked], some nights a watch a few of his videos at a time. Good stuff.

    Click to set time in video:


    He has some good videos on cast iron.
    Cowboy Kent Rollins

    The price on quality new cast iron is ridiculous.
     
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  30. Andy in NH

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    The pan has to be well seasoned and the temperature has to be correct; the eggs need to cook as soon as they hit the pan.
     
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