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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...
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Any ideas where I can sell an AGA stove?!

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by gobybee 1 year ago

I'm looking for guidance/suggestions/recommendations - we bought a house that has an AGA cast iron 4-burner gas cooker and we're trying to find an appropriate avenue to sell it to someone who would...

My Henckels non-stick fry pan... after sandblasting

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by ChillaxDude 3 years ago

This pan is the workhorse of my kitchen and my favorite thing ever, so when the non-stick coating started to flake off I knew I couldn't cook without it. The newer models from Henckels are either s...

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

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by CHSeifert 3 months 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...

Highest Quality Induction Adapter/Plate for Non-Induction Cookware

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by 7nkWAR9lAPnmzKRlhYAD 1 month ago

I'm looking for an induction adapter/plate of the highest quality (e.g. clad/3+-ply), price is no object. If this is the only way to use my existing French copper pans, so be it. It seems most p...

Testing Heat Capacity - NOOBIE

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by mobiledynamics 1 month ago

I'm a simple person with a gas hob and some tools on hand. Instant read thermometer as well as a IR Gun with a port that I can connect my surface probe on it as well. I believe the surface contact ...

Seasoning Cast Iron - Noob Failures

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by mobiledynamics 1 month ago

For whatever reason, the forum would not let me in...but finally I'm in... I feel like it's 15+ years ago when I was seasoning my CS pans and it was a total failure. Back them I was younger. Pro...

What are you using your Cast Iron for?

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by mobiledynamics 6 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...

What cookware is on your want list that is not available?

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by ceasar2k6 2 months ago

This is more of a wish list of what cookware you want, and can't have as it's simply either not made or available. Feel free to also rant when a manufacturer discontinued something and you want it ...

More intense heat in thinner pans?

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by MartinG 2 months ago

Let’s see if I can make this in a clear way (in my second language). When I use the lowest flame on the widest burner on my Ilve gas stove it sometimes gets to hot. For example, when I sear roast m...

Brandani Cast Iron Pan

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by Libranflight 3 years ago

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

Deciding on a pot, CI pan, and crepe pan

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by zola 2 months ago

Hi there - I am a new forum member and I am looking to buy a few new pieces of cookware to replace worn-out stuff and add a few pieces that I don’t have. So for example, I have one 1.5 quart pot an...

Claus - What Other Kitchen Appliances Do You Own?

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by rei17 2 months ago

Hi Claus, we know you have an amazing array of top notch pots and pans. Also, knives ! What other kitchen appliances and brands do you have? Coffee/Expresso Maker ? Induction Top Cooking ? ...

Reactive pans and wine pan sauce? Hidden excuse for 2.5 copper VS ECI battle

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by CHSeifert 2 months ago

Do you make pan sauces with wine often ? Do you sear your steaks in a raw cast iron pan or a carbon steel pan first before deglazing to make the pan sauce ? Then let me know if you ever have tr...

Lodge Blacklock dutch oven?

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by Sid Post 2 months ago

Who has tried this dutch oven from Lodge? How does it compare to their classic dutch oven or other cast iron options? I find it odd they talk about moisture rings in the lid but, there are no pic...

Staub Frying Pan Convex On The Inside?

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by KevPang 3 months 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

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by starzzz 3 months 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

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by treflelilac 3 months 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?

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by Hawashingtonian 3 months 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?

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by KevPang 3 months 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?

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by CHSeifert 3 months 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 ...