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Re: castiron
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2018, 10:47:44 AM »
My brother found an old pan that wa s rusted really bad.  I took it and sand blasted it.  Once he cleaned and reseasoned it was good to go!

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Re: castiron
« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2018, 12:09:01 PM »
My family has been using Revereware since just after the invention of fire. :D Never any problems. I now have my grandmother's. I would never use a non-stick pan. I also have a large collection of Griswold cast iron, but have never used any of them. 
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Re: castiron
« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2018, 12:23:58 PM »
My family has been using Revereware since just after the invention of fire. :D Never any problems. I now have my grandmother's. I would never use a non-stick pan. I also have a large collection of Griswold cast iron, but have never used any of them.
Except for frying pans and dutch ovens, all my sauce pans are Revere ware made in Rome, NY.
A couple of my cast iron pans were my Grand Mothers.
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Re: castiron
« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2018, 09:28:17 PM »
Some where,Lord only knows because I don't I must have an entire double stack oven of cast iron.Muffin pans in the shape of an ear of corn,dutch oven,10" skillet that belonged to my great great grandmother etc .I hadn't been able to use them until about a year ago when the glass top counter unit got broken .Good riddance,replaced it with a resistance unit .
 I have a 12" Lodge plus two smaller skillets my lady friend donated .I clean them with just water heated to a boil in the skillet with just a brush and dry them on the burner .A little peanut oil,good to go .Nothing on this earth fries potatoes or pork chops like a cast iron skillet .

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Re: castiron
« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2019, 02:33:42 PM »
I bought a newer Lodge, and while the material was good - the casting was very rough.  I had seen a suggestion on one forum or another to use a random orbit sander to smooth out the roughness from the casting a bit and then season.  I did so and with the first attempt at seasoning, the skillet was slicker than any new fangled Teflon skillet!!!  Just another option if you have a rough one you are trying to get whipped into shape!

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Re: castiron
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2019, 02:48:48 PM »
Thanks for bumping this! I got a Lodge from the thrift shop to give to my daughter as a jul gift, and forgot all about it. It's in good shape, but I wanted to wash and season it for her. She's coming down this wekend. Lodge was always my least favorite brand due to the rough casting, but that's all we've got from USA anymore if you want to buy new. Most of my stuff is Wagner that I got new when they were still around. I also have a Griswold waffle iron I picked up used somewhere.

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Re: castiron
« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2019, 05:02:18 PM »
    We did a couple of vacations with a private guide from South Africa. They cook a lot in cast iron an don open grills called a braai. We enjoyed it and Koos told us they have national contests in south Africa where they cook various dishes in cast iron using hot coals. I would love to get the job as the judge. digin1

    Reminds me of the funny story about the American getting tagged to be a guest judge in India in a curry cook-off. That did not end so well for him but funny reading the reviews from the 3 judges.
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Re: castiron
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2019, 11:57:01 AM »
I paid more for the lid of that 12" Lodge than I did for the skillet .I've got a 16"  that I bought at Williamsburg pottery in Virginia and the lid at the French market in Columbus Ohio .Lord only knows where it's at  the moment .Talk about heavy .That big old thing goes on rocks in a camp fire .Talk about a huge mess of fried potatoes ,feed half the neighborhood . 8)

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« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2019, 03:24:51 PM »
Thanks for bumping this! I got a Lodge from the thrift shop to give to my daughter as a jul gift, and forgot all about it. It's in good shape, but I wanted to wash and season it for her. She's coming down this wekend. Lodge was always my least favorite brand due to the rough casting, but that's all we've got from USA anymore if you want to buy new. Most of my stuff is Wagner that I got new when they were still around. I also have a Griswold waffle iron I picked up used somewhere.
Years ago I saw a waffle iron with the stand and the joint at the back where you can flip it over (I think it was a Griswold?), they wanted $80 for it and I thought that was high.  When I got to where I could check prices (I was new to vintage cast iron then) - I was very unhappy with passing that piece up!!!

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Re: castiron
« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2019, 06:24:08 PM »

Years ago I saw a waffle iron with the stand and the joint at the back where you can flip it over (I think it was a Griswold?), they wanted $80 for it and I thought that was high.  When I got to where I could check prices (I was new to vintage cast iron then) - I was very unhappy with passing that piece up!!!
That's exactly what I have. Mine has the metal coil heat guards, but I think they were also made with wood on some models. That's also about what I paid. $60 or $80 are both in my head, but I got it years ago, so I can't quite remember. I do remember jumping on it cause I never saw one that cheap before. I had been looking for a waffle iron for awhile. Griswolds especially command high prices. Maybe Wagner does too anymore. They were reasonable when I bought them new.
My father had a really big pan, but I can't remember who made it. It was either Griswold or Wagner. I gave to the nurse practitioner that was caring for him when he was sick, but could still be home for a bit. It was an African woman with a large family, and she liked the pan. I figured she could put it to better use than I could. I'm sometimes regretful I gave it up, but that's silly. Better that it went to a good home, but still...

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« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2019, 04:16:10 PM »
When my wife and I went on our honeymoon I bought her a 17 lodge skillet. It lives on the stove, she loves it as she can cook all the steaks or pork chops for dinner at the same time. Or potatoes on one side and steaks on the other.

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Re: castiron
« Reply #51 on: January 11, 2019, 09:09:33 AM »
The problem with a big skillet ,16" 17" or even a 12" on an electric stove is you normally don't have a burner large enough .Gas is a little different and not only is more adjustable but also responds faster .I really wish I had gas .Then again great great grandmother somehow managed with a wood fired cook stove .

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« Reply #52 on: January 12, 2019, 04:26:19 PM »
We have propane and sometimes use two burners under our big one.

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Re: castiron
« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2019, 11:44:49 AM »
Just re read this thread. regarding Revere ware, we had it when we were first hitched, but it has disapeared over the years as wifey is now on her at least 5th set of cookware.
The biggest boondoggle is the Le cruset enameled cast iron.
It hangs on the pot holder I made years ago and looks pretty.



 

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Re: castiron
« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2019, 09:24:26 AM »
I just recently got through sanding to smooth the REALLY rough spots in a few of my cast iron PCs of cookware. They are great for our outdoor activities. The wife seems to like to cook in them, but I have the hardest time getting her to take care of them, so it falls back to me if it needs to be done right. Good thing I season them proper, or the whole shabang would be much more difficult. But everyone loves the way the food turns out, no matter who cooks in it.
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Re: castiron
« Reply #55 on: February 21, 2019, 08:39:10 PM »
I made some nummy bourbon brownies from scratch with a homemade caramel sauce the other day. Cast iron is awesome for baking -- especially when it's well seasoned! 

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Re: castiron
« Reply #56 on: February 21, 2019, 08:43:00 PM »
Looks like one is missing :D.
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« Reply #57 on: February 21, 2019, 08:44:49 PM »
Looks like one is missing :D.
I needed one for the pretty caramel drizzle pic!  ;D
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« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2019, 07:21:47 AM »
Looks really good!

I like cooking with castiron!
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Re: castiron
« Reply #59 on: February 22, 2019, 09:26:16 AM »
The other day I was in an antique/junque shop and picked up this cast iron pot for $6.

 

With a little work using the wire wheel on an angle grinder and some seasoning it came out very nice. I gave it to a friend for her birthday. She had been asking me to keep my eye out for one.

 
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