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    Also you can put the pan in a plastic garbage bag with ammonia outside overnight. I have not done this yet so don't know the specifics. On my list of things to do! if anyone does it let me know how it works!!

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    I cannot believe people go to all this trouble for their cast iron !!!!!!
    I just use a wee scrubber thing, no soap, just hot water, dry it and its all set for the next time!!!!!!
    Sometimes, if I remember - I fill it with water after cooking (while still hot) and all the remnants just wipe off !!!!!
    I have been told to never EVER use soap on cast iron !
    Hermyone, I am guessing that cast iron is semi permiable, but please correct me if I am wrong, and I would be concerned about using something so harsh. Not only from the iron point of view but also ingesting any residue that has permiated the iron.
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    Understandable. I think that method is if you have an old crusty one. Which I believe the OP did... mine is pretty old and crusty. The inside is awesomely seasoned though. Thanks for your concern Gwamma!

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    Mines only like years old. I made it all rusty by cooking a chinken in it in the oven and leaving the drippings in the skillet... in the oven... for a long time. It was pretty bad. lol. Thats how I invented rust!
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    If it is a rusty, crusty mess, clean with oven cleaner or ammonia and lots of elbow grease with a copper mesh scrubber pad.

    Then season in a hot oven with a thin layer of a drying oil (something PUFA-rich like flaxseed oil). The oil will polymerize and create a nonstick coating. Once seasoned properly, you can use soap to clean. Just don't soak for a long time.

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    Never heard of using ammonia.... That being said me personally I'd prefer no ammonia on my frying pans, but that's me.

    Don't use soap. Only time it is remotely okay is when you first buy one or before you season a pan that in need of attention. Normal use doesn't require soap.

    Also I've heard somewhere possibly Alton Brown that some sand paper can be used not sure.
    Alton did a entire show on cast iron if you like using the stuff look into it very educational.


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