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Hi I'm new (post #25980)


I have been looking around here for a while, and just when I was ready to post something the big change over happened and no such luck for me!

Anyway, my name is Jenn, the in and the to stand for I'm in toronto.

And here is my burning question. I picked up a well used and seasoned cast iron pan at a garage sale. My boyfriend thinks I shouldn't use it because it would be like eating out of someone else's dish. I say it's getting heated enough that any strangers germs should be definately eliminated.

What do you think?

StevenHB's picture

(post #25980, reply #1 of 13)

I say clean it and season it and you should be on your way.

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Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
RheaS's picture

(post #25980, reply #2 of 13)

Welcome Jenn! Wash it and use it.

Li's picture

(post #25980, reply #3 of 13)

Welcome, Jenn!

Thanks for jumping right in.

I agree with everyone else: reseason if necessary and cook cook cook. My favorite cast-iron pan came from a flea market. I never gave a thought to second-hand germs.

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Adele's picture

(post #25980, reply #4 of 13)

Welcome Jenn!

I'm with the others, clean it up & re-season it.


What part of the world are you in?



But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

JennInTo's picture

(post #25980, reply #5 of 13)

Toronto. It seems to me that a lot of you are from the West.

And the US of course.

RheaS's picture

(post #25980, reply #6 of 13)

I think Rhea Gazer (other Rhea) is also from Toronto and there's a few others from southern Ontario. I can't recall who at the moment. I'm in Illinois, but I'm actually a Canadian from Vancouver.

MadMom's picture

(post #25980, reply #13 of 13)

Isn't Messy from Toronto?  I know she's from somewhere in that direction...Montreal? 

Glenys's picture

(post #25980, reply #7 of 13)

Jen, if you managed to scoop that pan before a scavenging chef did, you're lucky. They scour the garage sales here for well seasoned pans.

There is no germ lives at the temperatures your skillet will be going to, especially after seasoning.

Do you frequent any cooking classes in Toronto?

Edited 3/20/2002 1:09:39 PM ET by GLENYSMORGAN

JennInTo's picture

(post #25980, reply #8 of 13)

No, I haven't been to any cooking classes. I'm pretty much wrapped up in classes towards my degree in film production.

Have you? Where are the good ones?

I learn about food and cooking from 3 places:

restaurants I eat at

the restaurant I work at (as a waitress, but I talk to the kitchen a lot!)

and from publications like fine cooking.

Glenys's picture

(post #25980, reply #9 of 13)

Jenn, now that Bonnie Stern isn't giving classes it seems Dish is the place to go. Sadly I'm not really in tune with the clases either. Like you, I'm more in touch with some of the local chefs through the industry. I'm currently editing book the cookbook from the Toronto Empty Bowls event.

Gretchen's picture

(post #25980, reply #10 of 13)

GlenysMorgan is correct about you being lucky to find it--mainly because the seasoning process has been started/completed for you.  That is always what I suggest to folks ready to buy a cast iron skillet.  And while there are lots of Canadians and left coast people there are a few of us in the not so sunny at the moment South.  As we say down this way,  'mon back and visit.


Glenys's picture

(post #25980, reply #11 of 13)

Gretchen, we sitting here with about 6" of wet snow on the ground. All the pansies and primula and now my hyacinths look sad and almost artificial. But I can look across the city and up to the ski slopes and I know there's a lot of happy kids on spring break!

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #25980, reply #12 of 13)

Welcome Jenn from Toronto!

Season the pan and use it. You've got a great find there.

I'm a Jenn too, and I lived in Hamilton for a while. There are a couple of folks around here who are near you. Martagon is one, for sure.