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Category: Cleaning

Rustic Cabin Sirloin Steak Made in a Rustic BSR Cast Iron Skillet

Rustic Cabin Sirloin Steak Made in a Rustic BSR Cast Iron Skillet

I recently went up to the southern shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin to visit with my friends Louise and Tom, who keep their 35’ sailboat at Siskiwit Bay Marina in Cornucopia. I’ve come to visit and tent camp alongside their slip many, many times […]

The Great Soap Debate

The Great Soap Debate

“In a properly seasoned cast iron pan, one that has been rubbed with oil and heated repeatedly, the oil has already broken down into a plastic-like substance that has bonded to the surface of the metal. This is what gives well-seasoned cast iron its non-stick properties, and as the material is no longer actually an oil, the surfactants in dish soap should not affect it. Go ahead and soap it up and scrub it out.” J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT, author of “The Food Lab”

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Sandra K, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wrote to me and said:

“I’m out of Pam, but I found a can of cold pressed Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray. I cannot find my Pam, just moved and it must have been left behind. Will this Olive Oil spray work just as well? I also had some spray coconut oil, that I cannot find. Will this work also?
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.”

Hi Sandra. Thanks for your note!

I am presuming that you are referring to how I clean and store my vintage cast iron pans? After cleaning, I dry them thoroughly, and then do a light spritz with Pam and wipe the Pam around; coating all surfaces. I then place a piece of paper towels between my pans if I am going to stack them. If I am placing a lid on a skillet or pot, I also put a piece of paper towel between the inverted lid and the pot.

Sandra, you can use whatever oil suits your fancy. Your olive oil spray will work – though be sure it is a very light coat so it does not get rancid. I also use spray coconut oil for this same purpose. In fact, I am presently using my spray coconut oil more frequently than I am using Pam.

I’m so glad you are enjoying your vintage cast iron pans and are working to keep them in tip-top condition for cooking. Thanks for the question!

Mary

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

CLEANING IRON—QUICK FIXES By Doris Mosier PROBLEM:     BUILT UP CRUD & GREASE SOLUTION:  LYE For one piece: You well need a plastic bag & easy off oven cleaner. Don’t get the unscented Easy off as it won’t work well.  Get the original Easy Off Oven […]


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