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Old 05-16-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
 
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Default Remedy for sticky cast iron pans?

I recently found some very old rusty cast iron pans and decided to clean them for use. I managed to get most of the rust off, and seasoned them. They came out really sticky. I used vegetable oil (just rubbed it on with a paper towel) and put them in the oven at 500 degrees for about 20 minutes. I did this two or three times with each pan (recoating and heating in the oven).

I just know I screwed something up because they're not supposed to be sticky. I'm not going out to buy Crisco to season 3 pans. Should I scrub them and start over again with the vegetable oil?

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Sounds like too much oil. You don't need Crisco. Vegetable oil works great.
Just re-do it with a thinner layer of oil.
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Argh, this board keeps doubling up my posts even though I only submit once!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
 
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Should I just try to burn the oil off on the stove top, wipe down with a paper towel, and start again? Or should I scrub the sticky oil off, reapply the oil, then put in the oven?

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You're welcome. Just scrub it off and start over. The only time mine were sticky was from that.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
 
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I just cleaned and seasoned an old one. I sprayed it with oven cleaner and put it in a plastic bag overnight. Tie the bag so it doesn't dry up. The old layers will come right off with an sos pad. You won't need to scrub it forever. I did use crisco on mine but vegetable oil is fine. I baked it upside down for 1 hour at 350. Then let it cool in the oven. It turned out perfect.

I'm thinking maybe you used too much oil and too high heat.
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^High heat is actually more effective.
And vegetable oils (unsaturated fat) are more effective than shortening/lard/bacon fat (saturated fats).
Low heat and shortening work, too, though.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #8
 
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I used beef suet to season mine, but that was like 20 years ago.


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