Cast Iron

Cast-iron cooking requires some expertise, from learning to season your pan to finding the best recipes. Chowhounds discuss it all here, plus favorite brands and places to buy cast-iron cookware.

How to Clean Cast Iron Without Ruining the Seasoning

Caring for cast iron means cleaning it, but it's not as simple as popping your pan in the dishwasher. So how do you safely clean cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, or fryers? People rave about the benefits...

Uneven searing in overpriced ECI pans from Staub & Le Creuset - show us examples

by CHSeifert 7 hours ago

I would like to hear your experiences with uneven heating and searing using your overpriced garbage ECI pans from Staub & Le Creuset. I’m not a huge fan of ECI vessels, in fact I prefer stainle...


Staub Frying Pan Convex On The Inside?

by KevPang 3 days ago

Hi Guys, Got this 28cm Staub Frying Pan about 2 months ago. Cooked with it a few times, but I realized something: 1) Base is not completely flat, if I tap on the edge of the pan with some pr...


Cast Iron or Enameled grill pan for fish

by starzzz 6 days ago

I caught an episode of Gino D’Acampo on YouTube where he grills a fish, similar to a Sardine, in what appears to be an cast iron enameled pan e.g Le Creuset/Staub or similar. The general consens...

Seasoning cookware: Cast Iron, Carbon Steel, and Stainless

by treflelilac 16 days ago

Simple question, should you add the oil or fat while the cookware is still cold when seasoning it? I would have thought so since, as I understand it, you are supposed to heat the pan up before heat...

Permanent seasoning on a stainless clad skillet?

by Hawashingtonian 13 days ago

So a couple weeks ago, I seared a steak in a stainless clad skillet, which ended with about 3 minutes of hard scrubbing with Barkeeper's Friend just to get the oil off the sidewalls. At that point ...

Advise: Staub Chistera/Nike Braiser or Staub Hexagon/Honeycomb Braiser?

by KevPang 17 days ago

Hi Guys! I am looking to buy a 28cm Staub ECI Braiser, but I have realized that there are 2 version of Staub Braiser available for me to choose. 1) Staub Chistera/Nike Braiser 2) Staub Hexagon...

What’s your preferred searing pan?

by CHSeifert 21 days ago

I cook on gas and I own far too many pans. I still wonder what type of pans will give me the best sear on a steak and a large piece of meat. Of the pans I’ve owned and still own, the worst ...

The Lemme List

by HabaneroLady 4 years ago

I picked up a copy of "Consider the Fork" by Bee Wilson recently. In chapter 1 she mentions an American engineer named Chuck Lemme who, in 1988, rated all the available materials that cookware was...

Does anyone know the brand of this pot?

by lubashul 24 days ago

Hello everyone, Does anyone know the brand of this pot? It’s from Doutzen Kroes video “what I eat in a day”, and she calls it a Dutch pot. Thank you

does Lodge Enamel cast iron product chip off?

by Emmaus 10 years ago

I 've decided to buy a enamel ductch oven and a lodge cast iron wok. I only use the dutch oven to make soap, and I think boiling water in cast iron oven will only make the seasoning thinner, so an...

Brandani Cast Iron Pan

by Libranflight 3 years ago

Found at TJ Maxx, wondering if anyone has any input on use, performance and care. Thanks!

new preseasoned cast iron smells fishy (rancid?)

by cristina3611 6 years ago

We just purchased a pre-seasoned lodge camping dutch oven and a griddle. I read that another round of seasoning would be good before using, so I rubbed canola oil on them and baked at 400 deg for ...

Look at this even heated cast iron pan

by MartinG 2 months ago

Good stove, Good pan. Well tasting pancakes. The eveness in this Skeppshult cast iron pan is almost perfect, much better than in my carbon steel pans. It was not preheated in any way - I just pl...

What are you using your Cast Iron for?

by mobiledynamics 3 months ago

There was a recent CI thread....which sorta revisits the age ole poll. For those with CI, what are you using it for. The only CI I have is two ECI, one 9qt oval and 7qt round . It probably sees les...

Seasoning at room temperature?

by MartinG 2 months ago

Since I live in an old house I’m familiar with traditional paints, especially linseed oil paint. Linseed oil dries at room temperature within a day or two, same with flaxseed oil, wich is the food ...

Are you Non-Stick Free?

by mobiledynamics 3 months ago

For the last few years, I've contemplated eliminating NS if possible. I have a small and a large. Small is for eggs and breakfast stuff. Large is for fish, or the starchy stuff. I don't think an...

Odd Experience with High-End Maker of Cast Iron Cookware

by jljohn 3 months ago

I had a strange experience this week with a "top tier" cast iron maker, and it's shaken my confidence a bit (with regard to my purchase). The last decade has seen a number of small-market make...

Best oil for high heat searing?

by CHSeifert 3 months ago

I know this a cookware forum, but I spend most of my time here. What type of oil do you use for your daily cooking? I’ve spent thousands of kroner/$/€ on EV olive oils, but no matter what ol...

Best oil for seasoning/maintaining a carbon steel pan?

by CHSeifert 3 months ago

So Andrew pointed out to me, that rapeseed oil - even in a very thin layer - will go rancid, when used as seasoning/maintenance oil in a carbon steel pan. What type of oil would you recommend me...

I screwed up my skillet, now what?!?

by Pina_Colada 3 months ago

I tried to reseason my cast iron skillet and now it's sticky. I've read that this can happen when you use too much oil but I think the culprit is probably that I had the temperature too low. I misr...