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Stove Black on Cast Iron Skillet - CURE

 
Mike Cooper
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I received my griswold #12 skillet preserved with stove black. It would not come off with alcohol, soap and water or a trip through the fire place. In fact, all of those methods would lead you to believe it had been cleaned up. Until, you rubbed it down with oil and that as it turns, out was the cure. So, a few cups oil olive oil and about a half a roll of paper towels later and lots of elbow grease I had a cleaned skillet that we have been cooking on for about a week now. It has a beautiful mirror slick cook surface.
 
Jamie Yvonne
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I love cooking on cast iron My cast iron pans are so slick and non-stick, better than any pan I've ever used. I like to maintain them and taste how the seasoning of the pan effects our foods mmmm

When you got your #12 was it covered with something? I'm not sure why you had to scrub it like you describe and am curious as to the reason.

 
Mike Cooper
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Jamie,

It was covered with stove black a black polish mixture of containing graphite and carbon. They had used it to preserve it. But it is good as new now, well even better because the seasoning is taking hold.
 
Jamie Yvonne
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glad you got it all off! Was it done for collecting reasons? I guess I wonder now, why it was preserved that way if its not safe for cooking and eating on... do all cast iron's come like that? Just wanna make sure I didn't season over dangerous coatings Thanks Mike!
 
Mike Cooper
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Jamie,

It was done for preservation reasons. Both carbon and graphite are used medically to detoxify poisoning victims. It came very clean with the method I described. We have been cooking on it and eating what we cooked for several weeks now with no I'll taste or after effects.
 
Mike Cooper
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Jamie,

This is the only one I have ever seen preserved that way. They do not come like that from the manufacturer.
 
Jamie Yvonne
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Thanks Mike!
 
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Many people who sell used cast iron pans (eBay, and even some antique stores/thrift shops) use the stove black to make their pans (and pictures) look better. I think that anybody that knows better (a user, or true collector) would never use such a practice. It is kind of like 'touching up' an original Picaso painting!
 
Jamie Yvonne
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Well said, John!
 
Mike Cooper
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The Ebay seller admitted in the description that it was coated with stove black and fortunately it did turn out to be in excellent shape.
 
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