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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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  3. War Horse

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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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  7. Waterloo50

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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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  8. johan_steele

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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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  10. Frito

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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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