Author Topic: Cast Iron cookware.  (Read 1448 times)

quixoticgeek

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Cast Iron cookware.
« on: February 13, 2021, 05:13:39 pm »

As a result of a special offer at the local super market, I got myself a cast iron casserole dish.

https://royalvankempenenbegeer.com/en-int/collection/detail/cast-iron-casserole

Am I supposed to do anything special to keep it in good working order? do I just clean it like normal?

Never had cast iron cookwear before. Always used stainless.

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2021, 05:47:43 pm »
It gives you a list for using cast iron on the faq page there, it seems to pretty much cover it, except maybe for cleaning. I just wash as normal with a plastic (not metal) scourer if needed. But then I do not have a dishwasher.
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2021, 05:50:11 pm »
It gives you a list for using cast iron on the faq page there, it seems to pretty much cover it, except maybe for cleaning. I just wash as normal with a plastic (not metal) scourer if needed. But then I do not have a dishwasher.

Yeah, the cleaning thing seemed inspecific. I wondered if I'm supposed to do anything with seasoning ?


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Jaded

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2021, 06:01:02 pm »
It is enamelled, so I’d say no. I thought seasoning was for unfinished cast iron.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2021, 10:47:35 pm »
Correct. Enamelled cast iron is easy. Nothing special required. Like Mrs Pingu, use a plastic scourer, but I always soak first if anything is particularly baked on, but as a rule the long slow cooking they are best for means it’s not. The enamel will stain / discolour. No issue.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2021, 11:10:04 pm »
Yup. Very easy to deal with. Just bloody heavy.
We still regularly use the Le Creuset set we got as a wedding present 40 years ago.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2021, 11:43:45 pm »
It is enamelled, so I’d say no. I thought seasoning was for unfinished cast iron.

Agree. You only need to season bare metal.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2021, 11:52:11 pm »
I’ve never done anything special with my Le Creuset grill pan, just cleaned it with soap & water, and don’t use anything too abrasive.


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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2021, 02:29:12 am »
I often put my Le Creuset pans in the dishwasher. No problems, still fine after 30 years or so. Though maybe the colour has faded slightly.

And don't drop it on a ceramic hob. The hob may crack (but the pan will be fine).

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2021, 10:07:04 am »
We wore through the enamel on an early 70s Le Creuset at around 30 years - it's better to soak well before scouring.  Dunno what make the current one is, but it's at least 30 years old and still looks new.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2021, 10:16:20 am »
Don’t use any chemicals.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2021, 10:49:03 am »
It's a nice looking pan, but this made me laugh
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T42

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2021, 11:31:53 am »
Just don't drop it on your foot.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2021, 01:41:21 pm »
Don't get tennis elbow either...
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2021, 01:59:32 pm »
I was just scrubbing my Le Creuset roasting tin.  My opinion: pointless waste of cash.  I have a Ray-Ware ceramic roasting tin from about 1990 whuch is bigger, lighter and easier to clean.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2021, 02:06:33 pm »
Don’t use any chemicals.

+1

My wife destroyed the enamel on our crepe pan with over-aggressive cleaning. I told her, it’s just ‘patina’, doesn’t mean it’s not clean...
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2021, 03:11:05 pm »
hot water and a bamboo brush, same to clean steel woks,

Proper seasoned is really non stick.

Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2021, 03:11:18 pm »
I was just scrubbing my Le Creuset roasting tin.  My opinion: pointless waste of cash.  I have a Ray-Ware ceramic roasting tin from about 1990 whuch is bigger, lighter and easier to clean.

For roasting I’d agree, a decent stainless steel tin is perfectly adequate. Actually I don’t think Le Creuset are VFM despite their longevity. I have a couple of Linea casseroles (House of Fraser, one bought online via Sports Direct) , one deep, one shallow, that were a fraction of the price (£35 each) and, given I use them perhaps half a dozen times a year each, will outlast me.
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2021, 10:49:14 am »
I think Le Creuset offers excellent VFM, but that's probably because I've never bought any of it new.

My most used pan is a 20cm casserole that, along with an oval casserole, cost me less than 200FF from the Bagnolet end of the Porte de Montreuil flea market at the back end of 1994.

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2021, 11:36:59 am »
I bought a complete set for one wife or other, at her request. Cost me more than a very decent bike. She hated it because she couldn't lift it.

Jaded

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2021, 11:47:06 am »
I bought a complete set for one wife or other, at her request. Cost me more than a very decent bike. She hated it because she couldn't lift it.

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2021, 11:48:52 am »
Le Creuset has gone up massively in price since we bought the first items (still in use) over 30 years ago - we did buy some in France in the 90s when prices were reasonable.  I bought a set of stuff from Aldi about a month ago - 3 items for about £55 - fantastic value and the red matches the Le Creuset stuff too.

The previous Mrs robgul many years ago managed to burn and destroy a Le Creuset saucepan . . .  there was a popping noise as the enamel parted company with the bottom of the pan (boiling stuff requires water!)
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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2021, 11:51:27 am »
I remember reading an article in a cycling mag over 30 years ago, in W.H Smiths, when on my lunch break, and it suggested that women cyclists would benefit from cooking their meals in a cast iron ''skillet' , as the food takes in some additional  iron content from the pan, which would of course be of some use.

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2021, 12:17:04 pm »
I bought a complete set for one wife or other, at her request. Cost me more than a very decent bike. She hated it because she couldn't lift it.

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Re: Cast Iron cookware.
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2021, 12:28:09 pm »
I bought a complete set for one wife or other, at her request. Cost me more than a very decent bike. She hated it because she couldn't lift it.

That's what happens if you buy bikes from Argos.
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