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How do I strip my cast-iron skillet?

Asked by andrew (16358points) April 23rd, 2007
I have a wonderful cast-iron skillet that I got used -- it's been holding up for a while, but recently it was thoroughly washed with soap (not my doing). Instead of just re-seasoning it, I thought it would be a good idea to strip away the years of uneven seasoning and start from scratch. I've heard that a great way to strip a skillet is to put it in a self-cleaning oven, but I don't have one of those. Any other suggestions?
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gailcalled's avatar
NYT article about cast-iron skillet. The author loves his. See last few 'graphs for reseasoning tips. Every skillet gets abused occasionally. Help is on the way.;=3a662f4d98f97bc1&ei;=5090&partner;=rssuserland&emc;=rss
andrew's avatar
"If you care for the pan properly, it will darken with use and become increasingly smooth, beautiful and easy to cook in." -- this is my problem... the pan has been seasoned irregularly, so it's incredibly uneven. Instead of mildly re-seasoning, I want to strip it and season from scratch.
andrew's avatar
Great article, though.
nomtastic's avatar
i think you should scrub the hell out of it with steel wool and salt, and go from there.
hossman's avatar
Hi, Andrew. Scrubbing with steel wool and kosher salt or coarse crystal sea salt is the usual remedy. I'm wondering whether there might be a faster, practical remedy with some sort of power tool.

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