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Old 09-10-2019, 11:14 AM
Martin H Martin H is offline
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Default First Dutch Oven

Found my first Dutch oven at a garage sale. In the process of cleaning it up for seasoning. I finally got around to building my first e tank also. It is an amazing piece of equipment and it ups the game cleaning up cast iron. So here is my deal. The Dutch oven has some rust. Not bad IMO. The Dutch oven itself is not enameled nor is the top of the lid but the underside looks to me like it is? I have seen where some say not to e tank enameled pieces what does the cast iron brain trust recommended? Note this will not be a display item but will be added to the cooking arsenal. I am ate up with this hobby. Right now I pick up everything I call a bargain. This oven I found for 25 bucks. Just finished three freebees and in that trio uncovered my first Piqua!
Special thanks to the ones that formed this place and the moderators. Lots still to learn and hope to be able to share what I learn with others on here,
Marty
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:36 AM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: First Dutch Oven

Since the rust is minimal, I would opt instead for a 50/50 vinegar/water bath, in a wide, shallow container that you can float the lid in. No risk to the enamel that way.

See: http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#vinegar

Seasoning the top of the lid just enough to polymerize one thin coat of oil is all that's necessary; don't do the 500 step some do, just to make sure you don't compromise the enamel.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:52 AM
Martin H Martin H is offline
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Default Re: First Dutch Oven

Thanks Doug,
I do see where many run the temp way up when seasoning. I do as instructions on here say. Never had an issue. Have a real nice Griswold after 60 marked USA popover in oven right now after final seasoning ready to cool. Can hardly wait for the first batch of popovers.
Marty
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