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    Bacon grease. Slightly lower temp, slightly longer time. But dang it's like Primal air freshener for the home. (Don't tell Febreeze or they'll be test marketing Bacon scent and it will be awful.)
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    Haha, I was thinking this the other day while re-seasoning mine! Lard works better, but bacon grease is all I had and it smells fabulous. Everyone in the house was hungry though...

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    • #3
      Duck fat smoke point is around 375 too, worth throwing into the mix with bacon grease.
      With a 10-15 min warm up my Staub fry pan cooks just fine at the lower temps.

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      • #4
        Coconut oil, bacon grease or lamb fat (after they've been on low & slow in the crock pot).

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        • #5
          I always use butter. It works great.
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          • #6
            Mine's usually lard with a side of whatever grease was left in the pan.
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            • #7
              Can you guys give me quick how to season a pan? I have a couple of older Lodge types.
              Thank you.

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              • #8
                I'm actually contemplating buying lard now. This morning I fried up some ground pork for soup and it made my house smell like bacon when I exited the house. Yummy....

                Anybody else find it slightly inflammatory though? Every time I eat a signifiant amount of animal fat, my throat gets scratchy and I feel slightly shitty. This only happens if I eat like more than 20g animal fat in one sitting.
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                • #9
                  Sakura, too much fat of any kind can make me a bit queasy, but nothing in the throat or skin.

                  Does anyone else season on top of the stove? I used an oven this time but it was because I was seasoning a muffin tin (a muffin iron?) and it wouldn't work well on the stove. Stove top is easier for me and it doesn't heat up my living space as much.
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                  Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                  • #10
                    Sakura Girl I am finding that having cream in my coffee gives me a funny feeling in my gut, throat - that ahem feeling !

                    anyhoo I love my cast iron cookware. Really old stuff that I just cook with. I often fill with water as soon as I have finished cooking. It then just wipes clean.
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                    • #11
                      I love my cast iron too, still getting the hang of seasoning it right.
                      I use coconut oil currently, but id use bacon grease if I ever had any saved up. I always forget to save mine from the pan after I grill it.

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                      • #12
                        This thread is actually making me a bit hungry.

                        Still getting used to seasoning mine, as well. I use olive oil, but the thought of bathing my senses in the comforting smell of bacon grease... sounds wonderful.
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                        • #13
                          I have been looking at cast iron a while now. I am assuming the pre-seasoned ones are a bad idea?

                          M.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MEversbergII View Post
                            I have been looking at cast iron a while now. I am assuming the pre-seasoned ones are a bad idea?

                            M.
                            Yes, the newer pans like Lodge aren't smooth and don't hold a seasoning well. I highly recommend finding an old pan at a yard sale or thrift store and then restoring it yourself. Griswold or Wagner pans are really good (but collectable), I lucked out and found a small Wagner dutch oven at a yard sale in a barn covered in dirt for $5, it goes for $60 on eBay.

                            This tutorial is pretty good: How To: Restoring & Seasoning Cast Iron Pans | Aftertaste by Lot18Aftertaste by Lot18 however I recommend lard or bacon grease over canola oil, and suggest doing the oven step on a BBQ grill outside, or you'll make the house smell horrible. Also, a guy helping me out with my groceries once spied a yard sale find in my trunk, turns out he's a cast iron collector and he gave me some great tips--he said that you can do the soap step in the dishwasher on the pots and pan setting, it worked great. He prefers to render pork cracklings to season his pans, but lard works if you don't have any pork fat around to render.

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                            • #15
                              I've heard olive oil and coconut aren't not good oils to use for seasoning. would love to use bacon but have also heard that over time bacon grease isn't good to use (or is it only to cook with)??

                              i've got a great cast iron pot but never quite sure what to grease it up with post rinse...

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