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casr iron purchasing-- pre-seasoned or DIY?

Is buying a pre-seasoned lodge cast iron pan just as good as going to the time and trouble to season one?

asked by barb48 over 2 years ago
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Susan W

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added over 2 years ago

Pre-seasoning gives you a head start, but I have found it fades quickly. I don't think you can find unseasoned cast iron. I usually season them myself after or sometimes before the first use. I use beef tallow to season my wok and my CI. I prefer it over soy oil which is what most
companies use.

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added over 2 years ago

Lodge is good quality, but I would still take the time to season yourself - slow oven with good oil. Lots of instructions on lodgemfg dot com under the "care" tab.

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added over 2 years ago

The best cast iron pans are the old ones. I've bought them at antiques and "junk" shops. You can sometimes find them at flea markets or yard sales. I think it's true that they don't make 'em like they used to.

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added over 2 years ago

Pre-seasoning is a cute little joke. All cast iron pans need to be seasoned.