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Thursday, February 24, 2005

food geek stuff

every cook needs a really good skillet. preferably a well seasoned cast iron skillet. here's mine. it's about 15 years old, and has only been washed with soap twice. first time: when new prior to seasoning after purchase. second time: after my daughter was grossed out by the "icky black stuff" on it, prior to it's second seasoning.

why did i post this? i saw it on the stove, and i had my camera. sounds like a good enough reason for me.


Blogger Alison said...

So do you scrub it out with coarse salt every once in a while?

2/24/05, 9:55 PM  
Blogger WillyShake said...

Even though I grew up in the hills of Appalachia, I never learned the virtues of cast iron until I met my girlfriend in grad. school. LOL.

2/25/05, 5:42 AM  
Blogger bothenook said...

actually, i use a chinese bamboo scrubber that kind of looks like a miniature thatch broom, and that will get ANYTHING out of the pan. i've heard it called the chinese SOS, and i had bought it for my cast iron wok. works great. i'll occasionally heat the pan up, dump in enough salt to cover the bottom about 1/2" and then scrub like hell using a paper towel wrapped around a wooden spatula. works pretty well, except you have to pay attention to the paper towel, otherwise it'll catch fire!
and willy, my mom has a couple of pans that are at least 50 years old, and NOTHING sticks to them. they are beautiful. my brother and i have joked on more than one occasion that my folks can leave the property and monies to the other sibs, but we want the pans.

2/25/05, 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't use soap doesn't that leave bacteria in the pan?

2/26/05, 5:53 AM  
Blogger bothenook said...

you put the pan on the heat after cleaning and wipe with oil. when the it starts smoking, it's dry. nothing left for the bacteria, and they what critters there were are cooked by the drying process.
but then again, i'm a dude, and bbq grills, well, let's just say that women fear and men don't sweat it. hell, microbiologists bbq, and i bet they tell their wives the same thing i tell mine: don't worry about it, the heat will kill everything before i cook. besides all that stuff adds flavor"

2/26/05, 10:19 AM  
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Ahh, every true (male) cook needs a great cast iron skillet.

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2/26/05, 12:11 PM  

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