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CDLaine 10-17-2017 04:53 PM

Senior Day Smile....
She almost nailed it....;)

Bride brought these home after a hard day of shopping. Unfortunately, the long handled Lodge 10 " is a carbon steel skillet. The No.8 dutch oven seems in good trim ... but, clean up will tell the tale. No lid was found. All in price after old fogey discount was $11.25 . Both will be headed to the RV after appreciation.

"A" for effort ! :icon_thumbsup:


Russell S. 10-17-2017 08:56 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
You may be surprised with the performance of the Lodge seasoned steel pan. I don't have one by Lodge but I have a huge Antique one that I use to sear steaks and chops that works great! Mine is large enough that I also use it instead of my Woks for stir fry! That's a #7 Griswold for size comparison.

CDLaine 10-17-2017 09:48 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
Very nice Russell...I'll get it stripped and then start re-season... I have no
experience with carbon steel skillets so looking forward to using it ! I'll do a
little research and see if there are any nuisances to seasoning techniques.
Good idea on the stir fry... my wok is a bit bulky so will give it a try.


EricC 10-18-2017 01:53 AM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
My wok is carbon steel - it's the traditional wok material and really, proper wok cooking requires higher heat than non-stick ano aluminum can safely handle. If you google carbon steel wok seasoning techniques you'll find content for a stovetop method but really the oven method works better, you just have to remove any parts that aren't oven friendly, which your piece doesn't have to deal with.

So, if I were you, I'd clean and reseason it same as cast iron then enjoy the cooking. Nice piece.

CDLaine 10-18-2017 10:48 AM

Re: Senior Day Smile....

Good advice... I checked my wok ...also carbon steel , I recall seasoning it on the grill, then with mixed Asian style veggies on the cook top .

So, cleaned, one pass on the outdoor grill with Crisco, then the test... skillet eggs over easy. Med. temp., pat of butter , attempt flip (as you can see, I need more practice.:oops:)Evaluation... one tiny area of "stick" about the size of a penny , freed easily with silicone spatula. Funny thing is... did not happen on the first egg...only the second/third pass.

A reminder from my bride.... I put the cracked eggs in a ramekin and then in the skillet. Noticed a piece of egg shell in the egg white... to retrieve just use the cracked egg shell. Comes right out without digging....but you already knew that. :mrgreen:... a cool intervention without drama or speaking in tongues. One other point.... the long handle does not spare the user from heat... don't grab it ungloved. :oops:....don't ask.

now I'll season thru use. Bride wants to keep it at home... not the RV. Must say, I agree. Good Lodge quality...I wish it was rivet free...(more to clean around).


EricC 10-18-2017 11:37 AM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
Regarding the egg shell piece, I don't know what your cracking technique is but here's a trick I've learned...

Instead of cracking the egg on the edge of a bowl or skillet, crack it against a flat surface like your countertop. Not a light tap but a decent wack, it works pretty well.

The problem with cracking on an edge is it can drive shell fragments into the egg that you have to dig out later; the countertop method is much less likely to cause that.

CDLaine 10-18-2017 12:58 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
Thanks Eric...I'll give it a try....I have been using the side of the ramekin. Using the egg shell to retrieve prevents having to dig out the wayward shell. I want to get better at flipping so practice, practice, practice ! :D


SeanD 10-18-2017 02:55 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
Looks like another of your great GW finds! Congrats!

CDLaine 10-18-2017 06:14 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
Thanks Sean.... I have had a good run at the Thrifts and GW .

This unmarked No. 8 was my first attempt at seasoning with Grapeseed oil...
the jury is still out. I thought it was an unmarked Lodge... but now not so
sure. Seems whatever shift was responsible for QC did not pay attention to
detail... uneven grind marks, bail handles uneven lips. Not my experience
with Lodge quality, more like off-shore quality.. Also, some prior owner was
fond of something that left scratch tracks on the cooking surface.... not
revealed until stripped. The hunt goes on...:icon_thumbsup:


Russell S. 10-19-2017 07:01 PM

Re: Senior Day Smile....
It's Lodge. I have 2 of them with lids. One of mine has the P under the assist tab like yours with nothing on the bottom but the 8. The other one has the 8 with DO just below it and a D at six o'clock. Is yours polished/milled smooth on the inside? Mine like yours is.

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