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Old 06-21-2013, 08:21 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

Yeah, you should start over. That way you'll know exactly what is, and more importantly, what isn't on there. If I'm going to use a pan myself, I always strip it and start over, no matter how good it looks. Fortunately, most of the time it looks terrible, so I don't feel so bad.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:36 PM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

Ok, I think I will strip it with oven cleaner and then season it. Thanks, Doug
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:04 PM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

It is in the bag with oven cleaner, now all I have to do is wait.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:16 PM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

"The waiting is the hardest part." - Tom Petty.

Seriously, though, you now have an opportunity to try your hand at a variety of seasoning oils. You can use tried-and-true old Crisco, or, if you have a Whole Foods nearby, they sell a house brand refined grapeseed oil that's excellent for an initial seasoning. It has a 450* smoke point, so you can crank the pan up in the oven to 500 beforehand (helps darken the iron), apply a thin coat (wipe it off real good), and then put it back in the oven for a bit before letting it cool.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:49 AM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

I'll go to publix tomorrow and get some grapeseed oil. How long should I leave the pan in the bag?
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:45 AM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

If it's already been cleaned and just initial seasoned, it should only take a day. Maybe less.

Note: unrefined grapeseed oil has a much lower smoke point.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: Is a sticky cooking surface after seasoning normal?

After being stripped and cleaned it came out great. It seasoned good and now has a non stick surface. Thanks for your help Doug. I have learned a lot from this website and from you. In the future I will make better decisions in my cast iron buying, and cast iron care.
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