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Did i stuff up my De Buyer carbon steel seasoning?


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Did i stuff up my De Buyer carbon steel seasoning?

tedston | | Nov 27, 2012 05:25 PM

Hi all,

Sorry for yet another seasoning thread!! After reading these boards for the last month or so i realise there are quite a lot of them!! I've tried to search for the answer to my question but i cannot find what im after so i've decided just to make this thread. Any help is much appreciated. Here goes...

After a month or so of research i decided that i would opt for a De Buyer Mineral B carbon steel pan as a healthy cookware option and i only want to cook steak and maybe some fish, nothing fancy as im basically the worst cook in the world. This pan seemed the goods so i ordered one and was pumped to try it out when it arrived. I'd researched seasoning and general care of the pan and I was adamant that i was not going to stuff this up as i usually do with cookware. Anyway, once it arrived I got to work at taking the protective beeswax coating off as i'd learnt you need to (bloody hard to do but i think i got most of it off). Then i went down and bought some canola oil and went about seasoning the sucker. I decided to use this guys method instead of De Buyers recommended one as i liked the look of the finished product.

This may have been a stupid idea as it's not how i wanted it be!! Maybe this method wasn't right with the beeswax coating (which im sure a small amount of still remained). The oil wasn't quite as smooth as i thought it should be and it was a bit sticky to touch...

The first picture below is what it looked like after about 3 or so coats. The next 2 pictures are what it looks like after i did about 7 coats and then had a crack at cooking a fat steak on it.

When i was cooking the steak it stuck a bit but when i'd finished the cooking the stuck on bits came of easily with a nylon spatula but half the seasoning on the bottom of the pan had just gone. I'm not sure whether i'd seasoned it incorrectly or if my useless cooking ability (I tried to cook it for about 30 mins but it wouldn't cook and it was smoking, hissing and horrible and i ended up giving up and throwing it out) had stuffed it up.

Basically what i would like to know is......

1. Have i stuffed it up?

2. If i have, how do i fix it?

3. If i need to start over what is the best way to get it back to it's pre-seasoned state without ruining the pan or affecting my health (which is one of the main reasons i chose this pan)? i.e. can i use steel wool, harsh detergents etc..

4. Also the bottom of the pan has gone quite bronzey in colour and has like purpley blueish sort of swirls and spots and thing on it as you can see in the last picture. Is this normal? (I didn't clean much of the beeswax off the bottom so i don't know if that matters


Thanks so much for any help i get in advance and sorry for the length. I'm absolutely useless in the kitchen and would love to change this so if you gurus on here could help me sort out my pan woes i would be extremely grateful!!!!

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