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I was just wondering how many of you use the old tried and true cast iron cookware.My brother has been going out to a local flea market and last year he bought me a cast iron frying pan for $5.My hubb
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CAST IRON COOKWARE

posted at 5/17/2012 5:36 AM EDT
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I was just wondering how many of you use the old tried and true cast iron cookware.My brother has been going out to a local flea market and last year he bought me a cast iron frying pan for $5.My hubby bought me a beautiful set of professional quality stainless steel pots and pans when he bought me my new stove for $$$$$ .I have to say that I really like the cast iron better.That frying pan is stored in my oven when I'm not using it but it finds it's way out everyday.I love it! There is no nonstick cookware that can compare to well seasoned cast iron.My son bought me a cast iron griddle about a month ago at ALDI's he paid $12.99 for it.It was a mark down.Now he said I have no excuse for not making him pancakes! Gotta love that kid ! :) Pineapple upside down cake and deep dish pizza are just a couple of things I use my cast iron frying pan for.It's great for making eggs too!

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posted at 5/17/2012 6:37 AM EDT
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Ihave this old cast iron frying pan and it makes the best fried potatoes .

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posted at 5/17/2012 7:43 AM EDT
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i miss my cast iron skillets----------cornbread----upside down cakes---etc------------i had 2 really old ones and both have split in half----------i recently tried it again--------but it is very hard to season them---this is my 3rd try and i can't seem to do it---faithfully following mfg instructions-------------my daddy used to put them in a fire occassionally to re-season them------------but so far no luck--------------

i purchased one of those blue diamond ones monday------------i'm going to try an omelet this morning and see how it works--------------it had very good 'mom reviews' on cbs last week

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posted at 5/17/2012 8:13 AM EDT
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I have one cast iron pan and one cast iron pot.  I make chili's etc. in the pot and corn breads in the pan.  They both also come in handy if after a hurricane we are without power.....they go on the grill without issue!! 

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posted at 5/17/2012 8:41 AM EDT
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I HAVE 4 80YEAR OLD CAST IRON FRYING PANS  LOVE THEM BUT HAVE A COOK TOP RANGE AND WAS TOLD NO TO USE THEM ON IT????????????????

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posted at 5/17/2012 8:49 AM EDT
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We had some apple pie made in a giant cast iron skillet - FABULOUS! Nothing cooks like cast iron!

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posted at 5/17/2012 9:32 AM EDT
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Hi Nellie here are the instructions that I use to season and clean my cast iron  http://www.ehow.com/how_4517239_clean-cast-iron-frying-pan.html .

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posted at 5/17/2012 9:53 AM EDT
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I love my cast iron great to cook in I have a stove tha t is the one with a flat top you know smooth don't know what that is called but my cast iron works fine on it. Don't know what a cook top range is but itf it is a smooth top like mine then the pans work fine on it. Millie

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posted at 5/17/2012 9:58 AM EDT
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I have a nice cast iron fry pan that I used to use quite a lot.  With the stove I have now I am afraid to use it.  I have a glass top cooking surface and I am afraid to scratch or chip the glass.  I have used it in the oven.  I did buy an enameled cast iron Dutch oven and I have been using that quite a bit. The bottom on that is much smoother than the fry pan I have so I am not concerned about scratches.

I had a huge cast iron fry pan that I gave away I just did not need a pan that large and it took up so much room and when I was packing to move I just decided that it would not make the moving box.  I gave it to a woman that cooks for her very large family and I know it will be well used and loved and cared for then passed down.
I do like the way they heat up and hold the heat great way to get a sear on a steak!

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posted at 5/17/2012 10:09 AM EDT
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thanks gale-------i printed that out-i also have a new printer now----------i'm going to start over with my skillet----------the lodge instructions said not to ever use soap so i'm assuming that i still have that coating on it--------i'm going to scrub it with salt and then wash it with soap and dry it over flame like i used to do-and then use oil to season

i know that my older pieces suffered from about 7 yrs of apt living with electric range before they broke---------i also had corn stick pans and a dutch oven that my niece   ' borrowed'   

if this works for me i will buy me some new cornbread stick pans and have once again a fav treat from my childhood

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posted at 5/17/2012 12:55 PM EDT
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I never really liked using cast iron pans.  They never seemed "clean" to me.  LOL

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posted at 5/17/2012 3:20 PM EDT
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I could never get them seasoned right so I don't care for them.

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posted at 5/17/2012 3:59 PM EDT
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Love my cast iron pan, especially for meats and fried potatoes!  It has a spot in my oven where I keep it as I don't have room for it anywhere else.  This particular pan was my Mother's.  It was old when she gave it to me over 50 years ago!!  They just don't wear out!  I have a couple of smaller ones (they are new); but I rarely use them.  The old one is so much better (and HEAVIER!) 

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posted at 5/17/2012 4:19 PM EDT
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My husband bought me a set of 3  cast iron skillets about 30 years ago.  I used to use them a lot when we were in our first house.  Somehow, when we moved into the current house, they were relegated to the basement.  Out of sight, out of mind lol.  About three years ago I brought up the largest one and it has been used ever since.  I keep mine in the stove "drawer" so it's always handy.  Teflon pans just don't last very long if you cook in them every day.

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posted at 5/18/2012 1:28 AM EDT
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I have 2 cast iron skillets that I use quite regularly for the best fried eggs, french toast, gravy, grilled sandwiches, etc. I don't fry chicken any longer, but when I did it was always made in the cast iron. Love those skillets.

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posted at 5/18/2012 3:00 AM EDT
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I have one cast iron skillet and I love it.

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posted at 5/18/2012 5:04 AM EDT
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GRANA  here;
I have neverused or owned a cast iron on skillet or pan.I have a very well seasoned  30+ yo cast aluminum wok  that is supposed to be cmparable. I have aked cakes on stovetop in summertime, steamedveggies& fried chicken /fish in it.When I took an oriental cooking class 35 yers  ago; the teacher reccomended mended a cast iron wok.The kitchen specialty store n that city ereccomended the castaluminumwok &I've been n enjoying it's heavy bottomed non -stick benefits ver since.My Grandmother kept her cast ion skilet in her tinya apartment sized d oven & often took it out to prepare sspecial lfoods on my visits  to her home..  The only cat iron skillets I've ound in flea marketshave been rusty &  I did not want to dealw/ tatprlem when for less money I  could buy a casst uluminum  wok, new .I took it to schoo( MY FAVORITE POT) another cooking class  & the teacher was impressed by how well seasoned it was and  had me demonstrate how  I did it it t the class.

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posted at 5/18/2012 5:15 AM EDT
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In Response to CAST IRON COOKWARE:
I was just wondering how many of you use the old tried and true cast iron cookware.My brother has been going out to a local flea market and last year he bought me a cast iron frying pan for $5.My hubby bought me a beautiful set of professional quality stainless steel pots and pans when he bought me my new stove for $$$$$ .I have to say that I really like the cast iron better.That frying pan is stored in my oven when I'm not using it but it finds it's way out everyday.I love it! There is no nonstick cookware that can compare to well seasoned cast iron.My son bought me a cast iron griddle about a month ago at ALDI's he paid $12.99 for it.It was a mark down.Now he said I have no excuse for not making him pancakes! Gotta love that kid ! :) Pineapple upside down cake and deep dish pizza are just a couple of things I use my cast iron frying pan for.It's great for making eggs too!
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Thanks for posting about the deep dish pizza, I never thought about doing it in the skillet ( I use my Wilton 16 inch pan), my mom did the pineapple upside cake so I remembered that & keeping the skillet in the oven (it was heavy & now & then it had to be washed in the sink & I stood on a chair to do the dishes & needed help with the rinse & getting it out of the sink)

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posted at 5/18/2012 8:00 AM EDT
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love the cast iron pans

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posted at 5/18/2012 3:06 PM EDT
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It's nice to see a lot of you using your cast iron.I think it is great.There are bargains to be found on the old pans at flea markets and garage sales mostly because people don't like them or don't know how to properly use them.Wagner and Griswald are the best vintage or antique brands to look for.Rust  isn't a problem that can be taken care of and thick crud can be clean off also.I had a set when we first got married and I gave them away because I had no idea how to use them.I 'm very glad I took the time to learn how and now my 11 3/4" frying pan is almost used everyday.The only problem I have with my pan is the inability to flip the pan over after I bake a pineapple upside cake,I just bake it when hubby or son are home.Problem solved.I have an antique sausage stuffer that is also made from cast iron.I just have it around for "LOOKS" I use my new stainless one to stuff sausage with, much easier to use and a lot lighter too!
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