Cast Iron Pan original finish or prefinished in a new pan
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: poetdove-ga
List Price: $2.00
20 Jul 2006 10:57 PDT
Expires: 19 Aug 2006 10:57 PDT
Question ID: 748042
What is the differnece between the Lodge "Original Finish" cast iron pan and the "Prefinished cast iron pan? Why is the prefinished cost more if it is already partly seasoned?
Re: Cast Iron Pan original finish or prefinished in a new pan
Answered By: gregaw-ga on 24 Jul 2006 06:28 PDT
What does it mean to "season" a cast iron pan? http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/CastIronPans.htm "There is a trick to maintaining cast iron cookware and that trick is known as "seasoning" or "curing." Your food will never stick to the bottom of the skillet or pot and the iron will not rust if it is properly seasoned. Plus the cast-iron cookware cleans up easily as well. Seasoning or curing cast iron means filling the pores and voids in the metal with grease of some sort, which subsequently gets cooked in. This provides a smooth, nonstick surface on both the inside and outside of the piece." So a "pre-seasoned" pan will cost more because they have already done the work of seasoning it. Over time the seasoning will wear off and you will need to re-season your pan and you will have to season it again. I found many places that recommended seasoning a pre-seasoned pan right away??? http://www.howtodothings.com/food-and-drink/a3371-how-to-season-a-cast-iron-skillet.html "Some modern cast iron cookware is pre-seasoned at the factory, but it won't hurt to season it again." I'm sure the quality of the pre-seasoning will vary depending on who you get the pan from. Fortunately it is not very difficult to season cast iron. http://www.kitchenemporium.com/info/castiron.html Please post a request for clarification if you require any further information. Thanks!
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