We love cast iron cookware, and have a collection of several sizes that we use for almost everything. I've never had to go through an initial seasoning process, however, because all our pans have been hand-me-downs.
Recently I baked a pizza in our largest pan (a real monster -- I love it), and cut it in the pan, using a wheel-blade pizza cutter. Big mistake! Now there are deep scratches in the cooking surface of the pan where I pressed especially hard with a pizza cutter.
I followed the instructions here:
which basically say to rub in oil, heat in the oven at 400 fro 30-40 minutes, and then allow to cool in the cooling oven. But when I took it out, I saw no improvement, and if anything, the scratches look a little angrier -- orangish in color.
Is there any way to restore the surface of the pan? Please? I am sick about this.