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Food is stuck in my cast iron pan...I read I should put water in it and boil it, but won't that...

 
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take the seasoning off??

Because I just did that and my pan looks very dull. =/ I don't think it was that seasoned to begin with, but I've had this pan for about a month now, and it doesn't seem to be becoming non-stick! =/
 
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It takes a long, long time of repeated seasonings before cast iron skillets become non-stick. Just re-season it and next time just put some oil in on top of the stuck food and wait until it softens enough to be scraped out with a spatula. Then sprinkle some salt in the pan and scour it with the salt and some oil~some people use newspaper to do this but paper towel or a rag will be fine. Oil it again before storing.
 
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Have a read of Paul's cast iron article, then do what you have to do to clean the pan and re-season it.
 
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I use a cheap paint scraper/plastering thingie with the sharp corners rounded off. No food has ever withstood its scrapy power!
As Jay says, creating a good seasoning layer takes time, it's not a one-off thing.
In my experience, the best seasoning is animal fat. I should eat more meat, for my pan's sake, of course
 
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what were you cooking?
 
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