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Old 02-07-2018, 12:58 AM
M Rubio M Rubio is offline
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Default Seasoning Coming Off Pans

Hey all! My husband has been using my cast iron skillets that I recently restored, and for some reason when he cleans it the seasoning flakes off. Did I season inadequately, or is he being too aggressive with his scrubbing? We have a little piece of chain mail we clean with if that makes a difference.
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Old 02-07-2018, 02:42 AM
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That is not a specific question,no body knows how you season the skillet,what did you use to season it?how aggressive is he when he clean it?and if you have a pic probably that helps to have an idea what are you talking about,
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:43 AM
D_Madden D_Madden is online now
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any chance you used flax oil?

I've seen a lot of discussions about flax flaking off. it looks good when you first put it on... but it doesn't hold up to use.
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:46 PM
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As stated, without a description of how you're seasoning we can't evaluate that part.

Is he being too aggressive with his scrubbing? If it's a newly seasoned pan and he's not used to cleaning CI, quite likely.

Are you using extra oil on the pan while cooking until it builds better seasoning?
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:45 PM
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M,

If you haven't already reviewed it, try this link:

http://www.castironcollector.com/maintenance.php

I'm not sure what you mean by small piece of "chain mail", but if your husband is using a metal scrubber to clean the pan it may well take off the seasoning.

Personally, I use the Kosher salt/oil approach Doug describes if it is necessary to "scrub" a pan. That is because I will forget which plastic/nylon scrubber has and which one does not have soap in it.
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:35 AM
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I'm not sure what you mean by small piece of "chain mail"
Search amazon, there's a bunch of them out there. A little square of linked metal loops i.e. chain mail used as a scrubber. Suggested for cleaning cast iron but after researching a bit I decided to stick with my wok whisk.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:23 AM
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I find that if I have tough crud in a skillet, boiling some water in it and using a plastic Lodge scraper does the trick. No seasoning damage.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:23 PM
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Sorry I failed to mention that I too use boiling water and/or the kosher salt/oil scrub to clean skillets. One and/or the other has always done the job.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:42 AM
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I usually only need a brush I bought from Lodge to clean my pans, and the scrapers from Lodge. I rarely need anything else. Clean them while they are warm.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:48 AM
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I usually only need a brush I bought from Lodge to clean my pans, and the scrapers from Lodge. I rarely need anything else. Clean them while they are warm.
Ditto. I use the same although, I use a dish brush to scrub the CI.
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