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    Just finished testing out my cast iron frying pan with some pork loin. I cleaned it up and re-seasoned it earlier today. Sometime this weekend I will probably do my cast Iron dutch oven.. Got to get ready for campfire cooking season. That one is a real old one. I paid $5 at neighbor hood tag sale. It looked really bad.. rusty. I spent a good hour working on it with steel wool.. seasoned it and it looked brand new. I really enjoy cooking in that dutch oven.

    Any other cast iron lovers?
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    Me! But I cheat a lot now and use carbon steel when I can for a pan, and I really cheat and use Stainless steel when I cook a stew or roast.
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    Cast iron is great! If seasoned correctly it's just as non-stick as the others...

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    Carbon steel is also non-stick when seasoned correctly. I switched because I love my carbon steel wok so much I went looking for a fry pan, too. It has many of the qualities of cast iron but it is not nearly as heavy.
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    I have one or three.

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    So whats your seasoning process?
    I use crisco.. heat the pan up enough to melt the crisco... then wipe the cook surface with it and put it in the oven upside down over a piece of aluminum foil.. bake for 2 hours at 400F.
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    I do the same, but I use vegetable oil. Seasoning carbon steel is the same.
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    Cast Iron sirloin...Mmmmm

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    I'm with Liz on this one, I love all of my carbon steel pans and they work out great, and much lighter than cast iron. I've got a cast iron dutch oven on my wishlist though, since I'll be using it mostly for baking sourdough boules and deep frying.

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    Afraid I am clueless on carbon steel pans.. sounds like I need to read up.
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    I love my cast iron. season with rendered bacon grease. But carbon steel is a game changer... use it the same as cast iron, it is lighter, and heats up faster.
    I have a 17 inch cast iron I can't use on the electric stove as it doesn't get enough heat from the biggest burner, but I can use it on my fire pit and my smoker.

    cooked veggies in that pan seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and nutmeg using olive oil is the bomb... I use this pan on the fire pit.
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    So which carbon steel brand pans do you guys use?
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    I use Lodge brand carbon steel
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    I didnt realize Lodge made carbon steel pans... most of my cast Iron is lodge.
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    Default Re: Cast Iron anyone?

    I'm interested about the carbon steel as well. I use mostly cast iron, but man it's heavy. Especially my cast iron wok!

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