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Kitchen Tools

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mgm9128, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    What is burning them in mean? Is that some kind of process like you'd do with a cast iron skillet?




    Ya, I screw up here. Sometimes I don't want to wash a pan and shrug shoulders and crank up the heat on the non-stick.

    Storage is a great point. Scratches on non-stick are like cracks in windshields.
     
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    Sorry, might have translated that too literally. I meant seasoning: At 1 min. 31 sec. Mine are almost black now and have a nice non-stick layer. Wash them with hot water (no soap), dry them and oil them, to prevent rust. Heavy, old-school pans.
     
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    Ok, I get it. Those are like the frying pans they use in restaurants. Interesting option. I like to buy lifetime kitchen stuff.
     
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    Some of mine are older than ten years. And they feel and look as solid as when I bought them.
     
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    I'm going to get one and try it. They look priced between $30 and $75 for 7 up to 14" over here.
     
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    I'm sure you guys have heard of Lodge, yes? Best cast iron for the money. I think my 10 inch skillet cost like... $20 or something like that. Eat your heart out Le Crueset lol

    After ever use, let the pan cool, put it under warm water, i have a bristle brush, scrub lightly until surface is clean... wipe dry. Done. Every once in a while i'll put a coat of veggie oil on the inside of the pan.
     
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    Douglas, I'll +2 the EdgePro, I picked one up a several months ago after FG recommended it and it's idiot proof. It'll also sharpen anything you put in it (ie. shears, serrated, double, and single edge knives). Only real maintenance is flattening the stones out once in awhile.

    Anyone care to reccomend a juicer? I've been using a Blendtec and cheesecloth thus far, and needless to say, that's getting old.
     
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    The slow juicers are better than the fast juicers in that they don't make the juices oxidize as quickly. Other than that, the brands are basically the same.
     
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    I have a Lodge. Absolutely great value, great stuff. I have a round 10.5" and one of the square ones for corn bread/spoon bread:


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    We've had a Champion Juicer for about ten years now. Nothing to compare to, but it's doing a great job and seems very solid (commercial). Actually comes from the US, so there you go. Their website looks a little odd.
     
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    For the lice of me I cannot figure out why people use cast iron.
     
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    Cocotte (but yeah, I wouldn't want to use a non-"emaille'd" cocotte either)!
     
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    Well, you are talking about enameled cast iron, then. Those are great. Regular American campfire cast iron is not.
     
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    Yeah, I quickly edited it. Not quick enough. ;)
     
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    Its a traditional way of making breads, specifically corn bread.



    What makes you say that?
     
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    OK, I don't eat cornbread, so I can't say anything about it.

    I dislike cast iron in general because it heats unevenly, responds to temperature change slowly, the seasoning comes off with acidic ingredients, you can't wash it quickly, it's too heavy to maneuver, and probably some other things I can't think of right now. It strikes me as cult cookware rather than functional cookware.
     
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    Its not a pan I'd use for much. They are surprisingly good for French Toast, and before the Panini maker this was it with a weight on top. Its also a good pan to use over an outdoor grill. Southerners use it to make fried chicken.

    Cast iron is noted for its heat distribution, so I disagree there. But temperature changes very, very slowly so its easy to burn stuff in and needs attention.




    What is it about enameled that doesn't share the complaints you've mentioned above?
     
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    It really doesn't matter what it is known for, what matters is what is true, and the truth is that heat distribution is awful...


    http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cast-iron-cooking.html


    An enameled cast iron cocotte doesn't react with acidic ingredients, because the metal is sealed off, doesn't need to be maneuvered because it is specifically for long cooking processes, and because of that the lack of response to temperature change moves from being a negative to a positive, and because most things cooked in them include liquid, the unevenness of the heating doesn't matter so much because water's top temperature functions as a regulator. So basically it has none of the problems of a cast iron skillet.
     
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    Cast iron is indeed very uneven... But I love it anyways. Admittedly purely for sentimental reasons, but I love it nonetheless. I use mine mostly to roast chickens and fry bacon, so the unevenness isn't as big of a deal.

    I will say that cast iron is better than just about any other cheap cookware--I'd take cast iron over some paper thin shitty frying pan any day of the week.

    Love my Le Creuset Dutch Oven though... That thing gets used a ton.
     
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