Why are modern cast irons rough?

The entire concept of seasoning cast iron, which acts as a leveling agent so the proteins won't adhere to the pan, was a result of home cooks trying to fill in this new, rougher surface. The roughness that you feel on most modern cast iron is sand, which used to be removed during production.
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Is cast iron supposed to be rough?

Fans of modern-day cast iron know that the rougher, pebbly surface is easier to season. Although smooth cast iron cookware may take a little more work to season, both types of pans can be well seasoned. There is no consensus on this debate. It all seems to comes down to personal preference.
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Why are cast irons bumpy?

Because cast iron is porous. Field Company explains it like this: "If you put cast iron under a microscope, you'll see that its surface is bumpy and porous, and those bumps and pores expand once the pan is heated.
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Does cast iron get smoother over time?

If you are using a metal scraper and other utensils to cook in your cast iron pan with a rough finish, you can expect it to become smoother over time. But if you are impatient about cooking in a smooth cast iron pan, you can try sanding it. You can use either a hand sander and a sanding block to grind it down.
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Why is Lodge cast iron so cheap?

They're made locally. The fact that Lodge skillets are manufactured in the USA helps, too. Cast iron is heavy and it's cheaper to ship to stores and shoppers from Tennessee than China. A fun plus to being made in America is that the company creates lots of jobs for locals.
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Myths About Cast Iron Skillets You Need To Stop Believing

Should I season a new cast iron skillet?

Seasoning cast iron isn't that complicated.

Classic cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you can use them. (This is what makes them nonstick!). But many cast iron skillets come “pre-seasoned” now, with the hardest part done for you. Beyond that, the key really is just using the pan.
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Why is cast iron so heavy?

  Because cast iron pans typically weigh much more and are thicker than the same size pan in another material, they tend to store more energy when heated. This combination of high heat capacity and weight means that cast iron takes a long time to get hot.
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What should my cast iron look like?

A well-seasoned cast iron pan should be dark black, shiny, and smooth to the touch. Unseasoned cast iron has a rough look and feel until it is properly seasoned.
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What oils are best for seasoning cast iron?

All cooking oils and fats can be used for seasoning cast iron, but based on availability, affordability, effectiveness, and having a high smoke point, Lodge recommends vegetable oil, melted shortening, or canola oil, like our Seasoning Spray.
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Why is cast iron flaking?

The most common reason for the side wall of cast iron to flake is oil running down onto the bottom of the skillet during the seasoning process. Now, if you look at the picture of the skillet above, you'll see some flaking along the edges. It is important that we remove the flaking before we re-season this skillet.
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How can you tell if cast iron is seasoned?

An easy way to test a skillet's seasoning is to fry an egg (heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes, then add egg). If your pan is well-seasoned, you should not experience any major sticking.
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Can you use a steel brush on cast iron?

Don't use a wire brush or steel wool, which are too abrasive and could damage the surface. Pour out the dirty hot water, rinse the pan well with more hot water, then blot dry with paper towels, making sure that no moisture remains on the pan.
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Why are old cast iron pans better?

However, according to many people who love cast iron, vintage pans are far superior to modern ones (vintage, in this case, being defined as any pan made pre-1950). Many cast-iron aficionados swear that older is definitely better—better as in more durable, conducts heat more evenly, and withstands arduous conditions.
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Can you use butter on cast iron?

Yes, you can cook with butter in your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. Keep in mind that butter burns at temperatures above 350°F (177°C), so you shouldn't use high heat when you're frying foods with it. Either turn down the heat or substitute it with an oil that has a higher smoke point.
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Is it worth buying expensive cast iron skillet?

Copper and aluminum cookware are lighter still. When comparing cast-iron skillets, lighter is typically considered better, even if only from a convenience standpoint; when comparing cast-iron skillets to skillets made of other stuff, the weight is its moneymaker and the reason we still cook with them.
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Does the brand of cast iron matter?

I agree with you that the quality of a cast iron skillet is likely to be of little difference between brands. Certainly casting iron is a lower tech manufacturing process than a copper and stainless steel skillet, for instance.
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What you should not cook in cast iron?

4 Things You Should Never Cook in Cast Iron:
  • Smelly foods. Garlic, peppers, some fish, stinky cheeses and more tend to leave aromatic memories with your pan that will turn up in the next couple of things you cook in it. ...
  • Eggs and other sticky things (for a while) ...
  • Delicate fish. ...
  • Acidic things—maybe.
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How often should I season cast iron?

Remember there's no need to use your best premium brand for seasoning! How often should I season my skillet? — To get the best out of your cast iron skillet, it's recommended that you oil it after each use. However, depending on how frequently you use it, 2-3 times a year is sufficient.
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