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1 Cast Iron Griddle on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:12 pm

Bugster2

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I am re-seasoning my mother's old Griswold round griddle. It is supposed to take about 3 days to clean off the old finish. I am doing this because it had a thick, black, uneven crust built up in areas. I just got a new cookbook (more like a textbook) called "The Food Lab" and it told me why my pan had that uneven crust, how to prevent it and that I have to re-season my pan to get rid of it. What I learned (I never knew this) is that when you start heating up your pan, you must have the surface coated with some kind of oil or you will get those carbon plaques on the surface. I knew you should keep the pan oiled to avoid rust but I never did that because the carbon was so thick, I never had any. Well, now I know. The pan is one of those that has the smooth surface, not the rough surface that is on cast iron today. A long time ago they used to polish the cast iron till smooth. It makes a much nicer cooking surface.

2 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:04 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:I am re-seasoning my mother's old Griswold round griddle. It is supposed to take about 3 days to clean off the old finish. I am doing this because it had a thick, black, uneven crust built up in areas. I just got a new cookbook (more like a textbook) called "The Food Lab" and it told me why my pan had that uneven crust, how to prevent it and that I have to re-season my pan to get rid of it. What I learned (I never knew this) is that when you start heating up your pan, you must have the surface coated with some kind of oil or you will get those carbon plaques on the surface. I knew you should keep the pan oiled to avoid rust but I never did that because the carbon was so thick, I never had any. Well, now I know. The pan is one of those that has the smooth surface, not the rough surface that is on cast iron today. A long time ago they used to polish the cast iron till smooth. It makes a much nicer cooking surface.

I can't believe it. Tina was oiling and heating two of her cast iron pans.
The inside is smooth and black. The outside, is all flakes of crusty oil and drippage; that I say is NOT needed on the pan. I am ashamed to cook in that pan, and I NEVER use it.

3 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:14 pm

Bugster2

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The crust on the outside is nothing to worry about. The inside is supposed to be smooth and black. Tina has done a good job.

4 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Barbara101

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I have a skillet like that.I use it on the charcoal grill.

5 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:13 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:The crust on the outside is nothing to worry about. The inside is supposed to be smooth and black. Tina has done a good job.

OKay.... so then...that is ok to be all crusted like that? and... Does that crust help the pan cook better???.....

6 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:27 pm

Barbara101

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http://www.ebay.com/gds/Methods-used-to-clean-vintage-cast-iron-pans-/10000000175529230/g.html



Jimmy I googled, how to clean outside of skillet..Tons of how too...

7 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:42 pm

Bugster2

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The outside crust won't affect the way it cooks. The important thing is not to get the crust in the inside. When that happens, food will stick.

8 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:25 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:The outside crust won't affect the way it cooks. The important thing is not to get the crust in the inside. When that happens, food will stick.

Here are some photo's I took of the pan.... See the inside bottom is smooth and shiny...but the inside edge is rough and so is the outside .
Hope this explains what I am trying to show. Pbucket is not being cooperative ... pale





9 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:41 am

Barbara101

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The outside of mine look like that too.

10 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:42 am

Bugster2

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I couldn't see the smooth parts but the exterior is pretty crusty. It won't affect the way it cooks. If you don't like the way it looks, you can take it to a place that does bead-blasting and have the pan stripped down to the bare metal and you start all over again. I had an old grill pan bead blasted and it came out very nice. I oiled it up, put it on the gas grill on high and oiled it every 30 minutes for about 4 times. It came out nice and black and smooth.

11 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:55 pm

NormM

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I once got a grungy and sticky cast iron pan at an antique store and ran it through the full cycle in a dish washer. It came out clean and rusty. It was simple after that to oil and re season it. I scrub the outside of my cast iron pans with steel wool to keep them from getting too crusty.

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12 Re: Cast Iron Griddle on Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:43 pm

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When my cast iron pan was really crusty on the outside I set it on the grill of the firepit on our farm. It burned off.

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