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Authentic IRON SKILLET

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by nitrofd, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. 18thVirginia

    18thVirginia Captain Forum Host

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    Read this trick if you have an old cast iron skillet that has seasoning gone bad. I had one of these--a skillet that of all mine, somehow got messed up.

    The suggestion was that if you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it upside down, place it on a shelf and put a cookie sheet underneath to catch the remains of the old seasoning, then run the oven. It really does work and then you can reseason the skillet.
     
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    That really does work. About 130 degrees. Never done the self cleaning but I have coated with oil, placed in the oven with a cookie sheet under it. The skillet should be upside down. Great remedy.
     
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  4. jpro

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    I use mine most every day!! Hardly ever clean it, may wipe it out some! Use an old coffee tin to pour grease into after frying pork bellies, bacon etc...
    If gets really dirty I just pour salt in it and heat it up a bit!! Cleans it best ever!!
     
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    That is exactly what my wife does...
     
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    I have a Dutch oven and 2 frying pans. Because of the weight I usually only take a frying pan with me on a soirre into the back country. You don't appreciate just how heavy cast iron is until you try humping it and 50lbs of other gear up and over a mountain. The air up there is a bit thinner also.:confused::cold:
     
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    Some of the old steam loco men used to cook bacon and eggs on an old iron coal shovel, they said nothing could beat the taste, I guess it must be like cooking on an old iron skillet.
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    There is just one problem with this thread... the cast iron we know today did not exist at the time of the ACW but came into use in the late 19th century, well after the ACW.
     
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    Its hard to beat a pot of Frijoles and some Mexican cornbread made in a cast iron skillet.
     
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    An iron skillet makes the food tastes better since each time one uses it even through you wash it, the flavor from whatever was cooked in it stays within the pan and the pan gets flavored each time it is used. David.
     
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    My mother used an iron skillet, pots, etc. to cook everything and I use them for just about everything including pies, cakes, cornbread, pineapple upside down cake and many other foods. There are no other pans quite like iron cookware and believe me I have tried them all. I have had mine for almost fifty years.
     
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    I use cast iron skillets a lot. I like them.
     
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    I guess we need a timeline on iron.
     
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    Made a convert out of my wife for them....I always keep an eye out for them in thrift shops....the older the better...ones you can fry chicken in, is a bench mark for me.....some of the newer ones tend to be too shallow (I think)...

    'Iron Skillet'...wasn't that an '80's heavy metal / hair band?
     
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