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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 24, 2014 at 12:43pm

Would a 17 inch (or even a 12 inch) cast iron skillet cook reasonably well out to the edges on a small natural gas burner?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 24, 2014 at 12:41pm

Thanks for the skillet website Pat.  My cast iron skillet is probably an 9 inch.  My non-stick is 12 inch, and it's my favorite.  I'm alone, but still like to cook large portions so I don't have to cook so often.  

I see the site has a 12 inch "seasoned" skillet for $37, and a 17 inch for $105.  I think I would love a 17 inch!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 24, 2014 at 11:53am

Thanks Joan.  I'll start looking in second-hand stores and try to find my medium sized cast iron one in the meantime.  And thanks for the care instructions.  

I have a huge non-stick skillet I loved until I stupidly got it too hot and the center bulged-up.  Doesn't work nearly as well now.

I assume a heavy cast iron pan will not bulge, but will too much heat ruin the glaze?

Comment by Pat on October 24, 2014 at 11:44am

Spud, here's the website skillets for Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. Considering that if this stuff is properly cared for, it is passed down to great-grandchildren, the prices are reasonable. The size depends on how many people you cook for. If it's just you and someone else, start with the 10"  the 12" would definitely be big enough for almost any need. Since I collect the stuff, I have a 16" skillet, with cast iron lid, at home. It generally takes two mules and a football team to move it. This stuff is a heck of a lot heavier than you initially imagine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 11:43am

 sk8eycat I just read this, Joan, do the directions suggest wearing a gas mask while mashing and scraping the garlic paste?

You really do have a thing about garlic! Gee, one of the great pleasures of life; so sorry your body doesn't tolerate it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 11:37am

Spud, I like cast iron, too. A well seasoned iron skillet will fry eggs as beautifully as a new non-stick skillet. I have yet to find a brand of non-stock that lasts. When the non-stick wears out, the skillet is worse than a steel skillet for frying. 

The first place I would look is a second-hand store. Even if the iron is rusty, just clean it well and get as much rust off as possible. Give it a good oiling inside and out with vegetable oil (actually, I like bacon grease). Then put it in the oven at 150 degrees and leave it for a couple of hours. The oil seeps into the iron pores and gives a patina that will easily be ruined if not properly maintained. I do wash mine with soapy water, which most people do not. I re-glaze the skillet until the patina builds up. It takes time, but if maintained, will be a great gift for your great-grandchildren, or whoever. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 24, 2014 at 11:23am

This is right up there with religious beliefs:

Neither plague, nor war, nor small-pox have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism.

--Dr. John Kellog

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 11:21am

Felaine, this story of the Kellogs and Post certainly is a surprise to me. What a tale. Flaked cereal will never be the same. Kind of makes me want to boycott the companies. Which I do anyway. I don't like the tastes. 

Oh yes, Bertold, saltpeter will do nicely. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 24, 2014 at 11:15am

Sk8eycat, that was a great morning laugh! Would you like some saltpeter with those cornflakes?

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 10:57am

GOD AND CORN FLAKES

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/23/1331075/-The-Strange-Histo...

For your breakfast amusement.  The entire history of Kellogs and Post is just plain crazy.  SDA all the way!

 

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