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Old 01-20-2019, 07:26 AM
 
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I had some rust on a large cast iron skillet I bought at a lawn sale..

I put one of those wire heads in an electric screwdriver and lightly sanded off the rust spots and smoothed it out...worked great...many youtube videos do the same
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Old Today, 03:00 PM
 
Location: CO 'til October
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Okay, so I found that the only grease I can effectively use to 'season' my low quality, Lodge pots/pans is protein... bacon grease or beef fat... bacon works best, although I must tolerate the flavor in other foods... I'll manage.

I still have a lot of cleaning to do once finished cooking, but it's better than when using olive/avocado/other oils, butter or the many other suggestions, which makes the cleaning process 3-times what's 'normal'.

As others have said... once moving, I'll be tossing/donating the pans & won't buy them again. It's too much work & no matter which method I use (I've seen 50 YTube vids & read 25 articles), it's not optimal. I've been trying, unsuccessfully, since 2010 with varying pans.

I think the key to effective seasoning (in my experience, with my particular pans) is more expensive cast iron is optimal, and/or seasoning depends upon which foods one cooks. I'll use what I have now, but am glad that I didn't donate my large/small crockpots, cuz I use them more than cast iron... basically, the latter is used for frying eggs & requires monstrous cleanup.

I'm moving in 8-mos, so I don't care. I think the low quality of the pans & food cooked is the issue (I used to own my grandma's pan, which required little work, but it cracked in half decades ago... boo), but, I can't afford the higher end pans... so be it. Maybe someday.

In the meantime, the crockpots are working to their full potential & well worth the price. Can't say the same for the Lodge.... again, in MY EXPERIENCE. I understand that others have varying results, but I can only comment on my 9-yrs of trial & error with 1/2-dozen pans/pots... mainly error. I'm done with them... can't wait to toss them.

Thank you, All for suggestions & comments... Happy President's Day!
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Old Today, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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bacon works best, although I must tolerate the flavor in other foods.

I love it when I have to tolerate the taste of bacon.
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Old Today, 03:48 PM
 
Location: CO 'til October
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I love it when I have to tolerate the taste of bacon.
Depends on what's mingled with it, no?
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