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John I. Carney

Cast iron

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 11:26 AM
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  • You can also clean your cast iron pans with salt & a paper towel. Just sprinkle salt into the pan (as much as needed) and "scrub" with the towel. I use this for my cornbread skillet.

    -- Posted by RausJacks on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 1:23 PM
  • A good tip. Thanks!

    -- Posted by jcarney on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 4:13 PM
  • Have you tried a pre-seasoned pan? Just wondering if it is worth it or better to do it yourself?

    You've made me want to stop by the store and see what they have. As I get older. I seem to appreciate good old basics more and more.

    The cast iron pans always sell well at auctions, especially the more unique cornbread pans.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 5:36 PM
  • The more I cook, the more I use cast iron. A friend assured me that I can use it on my new glass top stove, just don't be careless with it. I think I would have forgone the glass cook top rather than the cast iron skillet.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 7:21 PM
  • I'm somewhat of a collector of cast iron cookware and am the proud owner of a #9 Wagner and a #9 Griswold. Both are great pieces. The Griswold is only used for cornbread and the Wagner is only used for country ham or fried chicken. I also have an old dutch oven and a #7 Wagner corn fritter pan. Great article John!

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 9:24 PM
  • Any pictures Tim, John? I am curious since I see so many different ones at auctions.

    I saw on the site that they do not recommend sliding the cookware on glass tops. Makes sense.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 10:52 AM
  • I have enjoyed everyone's response concerning cast iron! My husband especially enjoys collecting and cooking with cast iron and continues to be on the look-out for more pieces. "Martin" was a former manufacturer of the cast iron and since that is our last name he would search for these pieces at area flea markets. He was successful and each one of our children have a "Martin" skillet. We seldom can find the Martin brand. Google says that it was manufacturing from 1905 until the early 1950s. We also have a collection of Griswold, Wagner, and of course Lodge. A collection that is used!

    You just can't beat cooking or baking with these pieces. He purchased a large "bucket" type piece, found a lid that would fit...it also has the bale handle..very heavy. This makes a great roast by browning on top of the stove and then placing in the oven with the lid. Awesome for family dinners of chili and beef stew!

    Thanks, John, for your piece on cast iron!

    -- Posted by amy.martin on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 12:49 PM
  • Almost daily I use a cast skillet that belonged to my mom. It is @ least 70 years. I am thinking of putting it in my will ;)...

    Once every year I have a family member throw it into their wood burner. It comes out brand new, and I spend much time curing it back to the 70 years.

    About 10 years ago I bought two corn sticks casts at a yard sale, Lodge 27 C2. I've never used, so should someday check the age and worth.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 7:06 PM
  • As "inexpensive" as it is, I have never bought one...and want one really bad. My husband keeps saying we'll drive down to South Pittsburg to purchase one, but we never do. I've finally put it on my Christmas list, so hopefully my outlaws will finally buy me something I will use! ;)

    p.s. Very interesting moonwalker! How long does it hang out in the wood burner?

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 8:31 AM
  • Cracker Barrel Restaurants also have a wide selection of Lodge cast iron!

    -- Posted by RausJacks on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 9:11 AM
  • Neigh.mom, about 10 minutes or so. After it cools I cure with lard, heat slightly and do over and over. Clean with paper towel after each ap. When you can fry an egg without sticking she is ready for some good old Tennessee cornbread.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 9:55 AM
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