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Old 07-03-2016, 09:51 PM
DaveS DaveS is offline
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Default When is cast iron not the best?

I recently caught the CI bug, and have been using my new CI cookware for almost anything. I do, however, have some very nice All-Clad aluminum core pans that we got as wedding presents. I've been using one of them for fish, kind of arbitrarily, since I feel like it's a waste to have such an expensive pan sitting in my cabinet unused.
I'm wondering if any of you have dishes that you don't use CI for, and if so, which ones?
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:14 PM
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I don't cook rice in CI.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:56 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Boiling pasta or corn on the cob, roasting a turkey, most roasts, sauces, sweet & sour pork, meat loaf, pepper steak, some omelets, turkey soup, spaghetti sauce, bread, a ham, lobster, sauerkraut dishes, corned beef florentine, casseroles, lasagna, round pies, melting butter and most things that go into the oven.

Now make sure you remember all these Dave. Most important is getting to know all your cookware. Then choose the right size and shape for the dish. Now if you still get to make a choice, choose the one that you feel most comfortable with at that time. Wether it is Corning ware, carbon steel, CI, copper, SS, All-Clad or Dollar Store teflon does not matter as long as you feel that is the right vessel for the job or todays learning experience.

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:58 AM
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If I recall spinach is not recommended as it will turn gray.
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:43 PM
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Default Re: When is cast iron not the best?

KevinE,
I know that in SC rice is a very important dish and I'm sure you have a method that works for you. I could not make good rice until I started cooking it in CI as per these instructions: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1...cant-miss-rice

I highly recommend it.

Jack
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:53 PM
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I don't cook rice in CI.
I do rice in my CI chicken fryer and 5qt DO all the time. I coat the inside with a little olive oil, slowly pour the water in, and then do it just like normal rice. I do the same thing for noodles. I wouldn't do it first thing on a freshly restored piece, but the seasoning isn't any worse for the wear afterward. Its also one of the very few occasions I don't preheat the pan.

After being surprised at how much less the rice stuck to the bottom compared to my copper clad stainless steel pot I switched to CI and never looked back.
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Old 07-05-2016, 04:57 AM
Tony Gilliam Tony Gilliam is offline
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I shy away from anything tomato based. I usually bake fish but on the rare occasion I fry it, it goes in SS. I think mainly because SS can be scrubbed hard without worrying about loosing seasoning.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:42 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Ah so Ty. You have come up with the technique to keep the starch residue from sticking to the seasoning and leaving that white film after washing. A couple of days ago I fried a mess of bacon in my DO just to make that film disappear. Thanks.

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Old 07-05-2016, 06:58 PM
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Hilditch,

If you have a better way, great! Please share. There's no need to berate others. We are here to learn. Thanks.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:05 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Damn Ty, that was a serious compliment. I never thought of doing that and appreciated the idea.

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