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Is it safer to buy NEW Cast Iron Cookware or Vintage off ebay?

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Updated November 26, 2014 at 4:06 AM
Created June 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Im stressing trying to figure out what NON toxic cookware to purchase. I only need something to bake my chicken in and a frying pan! Ive narrowed it down to stainless steel, and enamel coated cast iron. I also want a CAST IRON frying pan but all the pans I find new are preseasoned with soy oil. There is also the option of buying vintage cast iron off of ebay but.... I dont know what the cookware went through, etc......Which is the healthier option as far as safe and toxic free cookware? Brand New Preseasoned Cast Iron, Or old vintage Cast Iron?

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165 · June 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Also, depending on how much chicken you're cooking, I bake whole chickens and chicken pieces in the oven in my plain 12 inch Lodge cast iron skillet and it turns out great. It also seasons the skillet pretty nicely.

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26182 · June 25, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I'd be very surprised if the pans were actually preseasoned with soy oil. Mostly it's linseed oil. Either way, apply chemical solvent, wash, and season with bacon lard.

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704 · June 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I use several pieces of cast iron.

I'd say buy what you think is good and fire it. One of the cast iron skillets in that video was pulled out of a CHICKEN COOP at my great grandmother's.

Being a hillbilly, having brush piles to burn now and then are eventualities. You're probably not a hillbilly or you'd know about this:

When the fire's large or small (doesn't matter but it does need to be in there a couple of hours), toss in your filthy cast iron.

The fire will burn everything off of it.

When the fire burns down (don't pick up something hot), you can bring in the pot/skillet and wash it thoroughly to remove soot and ash with soap and water. To cut soap, you can run vinegar over it.

THEN coat it with coconut oil (or bacon drippings/ lard) and 'cure' it in the oven.

It's good to go.

Traditionally, one doesn't 'wash' cast iron with soap and water or you have to recure it. You can scrub it with water, especially put water in it while it's still hot and dirty and let it set. Crap will loosen on its own.

If you don't usually have brush piles to burn, perhaps you have a wood stove (we heat with it) or even a fireplace?

If not, perhaps you have a self-cleaning oven? We don't but it should work by placing the cast iron in there.

I'd 'fire' and 'cure' any pan I got, even bought new from Lodge.

Again, I was raised doing this and it hasn't killed me or the 4 generations back for doing it! We may be onto something. :)

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10768 · June 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

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165 · June 25, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I use Lodge cast iron and love it. Unless you have an extreme allergy, I don't think the soy oil coating is something to be concerned about.

The easiest way I've found to clean cast iron cookware is to run it through the self cleaning cycle on your oven for an hour or two. It will get pretty smokey so you'll want to have a fan on and a window open, but it will completely burn off all seasoning. Then you can re-season it with your preferred cooking fat.

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165 · June 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Also, depending on how much chicken you're cooking, I bake whole chickens and chicken pieces in the oven in my plain 12 inch Lodge cast iron skillet and it turns out great. It also seasons the skillet pretty nicely.

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