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  Seasoning and Caring for cast iron cookware
Cast Iron Cookware must be seasoned properly and it will last a life-time.
Never store food in the cast iron pan as the acid in the food will breakdown the seasoning and the food will take on a metallic flavor.
When you purchase cast iron cookware, they are medium gray in color, but after usage, they start turning darker.
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  Cast irons
Cast irons typically contain 2-4 wt% of carbon with a high silicon concentrations and a greater concentration of impurities than steels.
An illustration of the ductility of spheroidal graphite cast iron.
The chemical composition of the cast iron is Fe-3.52C-2.51Si-0.49Mn-0.15Mo-0.31Cu wt%.
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 Preservation Brief 27: The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron
Cast iron is an alloy with a high carbon content (at least 1.7% and usually 3.0 to 3.7%) that makes it more resistant to corrosion than either wrought iron or steel.
The "gray fracture" associated with cast iron was probably named for the gray, grainy appearance of its broken edge caused by the presence of flakes of free graphite, which account for the brittleness of cast iron.
Castings may also be fractured or flawed as a result of imperfections in the original manufacturing process, such as air holes, cracks, and cinders, or cold shuts (caused by the "freezing" of the surface of the molten iron during casting because of improper or interrupted pouring).
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  Cast iron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cast iron tends to be brittle, unless the name of the particular alloy suggests otherwise.
White iron is too brittle for most uses, but with good hardness and abrasion resistance and relatively low cost, it finds use in such applications as balls for rolling-element bearings, the wear surfaces (impeller and volute) of slurry pumps and the teeth of a backhoe's digging bucket.
White cast iron can also be made by using a high percentage of chromium in the iron; Cr is a strong carbide-forming element, so at high enough percentages of chrome, the precipitation of graphite out of the iron is suppressed.
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 Cast iron cookware - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cast iron is non-toxic, has excellent heat retention and diffusion properties, and is easy to mold into a variety of shapes.
Cast iron's ability to withstand and maintain very high heat makes it a natural cookware choice for searing or frying, and its excellent heat diffusion and retention makes it a natural choice for long-cooking stews like gumbo or Chili con carne.
Unlike bare cast iron, enamel coated cast iron typically can't be heated to a high heat, and therefore can't be used for seared or flened dishes.
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 Cast Iron
Since cast iron was considered worthless iron up to rather recent times, a “sick iron,” it is possible to understand why the combination of bones with cast iron was called a piling up of “misery upon misery.” I suspect that Herodotos missed the explanation of this element of the riddle.
It seems that iron began to be produced in China in the fifth century B. C.; the method used by the Chinese was that of producing cast iron and then reducing it to steel.
Noss suggests that there was a resistance to adopt iron, because the metallurgy of copper had achieved such a high level of perfection that it would not be abandoned in favor of a more primitive technique; but he does not explain why the technique used for iron should have remained in a primitive state.
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 Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Indispensible to the country cook is the cast iron skillet.
It may not stop squabbles over the beneficiary of the family's cast iron cookware, but it does eliminate the time and effort of seasoning cast iron for the customer while offering the superior look and performance of home seasoned cast iron cookware.
The enamel coating eliminates the need to season the cast iron, and creates a non-reactive surface that can be used for all types of cooking on all types of stoves below 500 degrees F. Do not however use in the microwave, hand washing is best for perserving the appearance.
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 CAST IRON   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Although cast iron takes a while to heat, the advantage is that, once heated, it will remain very hot for a long period of time; as such, foods that require high heat are best cooked in cast iron.
Iron being a reactive metal, it has disadvantages in that acidic foods should not be cooked in it for any length of time.
Added benefits from cooking with cast iron are a good workout for you (they're heavy), a light workout for your wallet (they're very inexpensive), and a slightly increased bodily intake of an essential mineral.
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 Lodge Cast Iron Cookware: Dutch Oven, Pizza Pan, Griddle, Skillet Cover, Fish Pan and Rome Waffle Iron.
Cast iron is one of the oldest materials to be used in cookware and was brought to America with Columbus.
Cast iron is always a great tool in the camp kitchen whether for use over charcoal, or open flame.
Rome's Cast Iron Waffle Iron is a traditional round shape with a compact 6 3/4" cooking head, and 10" overall length.
www.wisementrading.com /castiron.htm   (1175 words)

 Cast Iron Welding
The most important thing for you to understand is that electric welding on cast iron is actually the very worst decision you could make to attempt to repair your cracked cast iron part.
Sure the nickel weld is machineable but the cast iron will become as hard as a drill bit or tap and therefore will prevent the proper machining that is often required.
Cast iron welding should not be attempted even by experienced welders without years of high temperature oven welding training.
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 Learn about Cast-Iron Pans, Cast Iron Skillets, Cast Iron Griddles and Cookware
Seasoning or curing cast iron means filling the pores and voids in the metal with grease of some sort, which subsequently gets cooked in.
Place the cleaned cast iron pan on the heated burner of your stove for a minute or two to make sure that it is bone dry.
It is not recommended that you use your cast iron as a pot for boiling water.
whatscookingamerica.net /Information/CastIronPans.htm   (2278 words)

 The Care and Preservation of Historical Iron
Historical iron can be maintained for years of use and enjoyment provided that some basic care and attention is given to its preservation.
Cast iron is usually a relatively brittle material and will not bend as one might expect metals to do.
Not all iron or steel was polished, and altering original surfaces may reduce the historical value of an object.
www.hfmgv.org /explore/artifacts/iron.asp   (2021 words)

 Cast Iron Cooking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Today's cast iron is very little changed from its pioneer forebears, with the exception of some of the new "pre-seasoned" lines, and it is still the best choice for many types of cooking applications.
Properly seasoned cast iron is as close to nonstick as you can get without using Teflon, without the health concerns that have been raised about that coating.
If you use metal utensils in your cast iron, you might end up with a little iron in your food, which your body will be happy to make good use of, whereas it wouldn't be nearly as happy with a gram or so of Teflon.
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 Ever So Humble, Cast Iron Outshines the Fancy Pans - New York Times
So cast iron is a logical choice, especially in skillets, unless you require gorgeous stainless to make a style point or you can afford copper - which is ideal for sautéing because its heat distribution is incomparable - and the time to care for it.
The only disadvantages are that cast iron is heavy (look for skillets with handles on both sides) and it requires a bit of care to keep it seasoned and looking nice.
Cast iron is as good at browning as any other cookware, and its mass lets it hold a steady temperature so well that it is perfect for deep- or shallow-frying.
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 Cast-iron rehabilitation
Cast iron is very affordable, especially when compared with high-dollar designer stainless steel and other composite cookware.
Chances are your first bit of cast iron was handed down to you from your mama or grandma.
Cast iron, as you might imagine, is incredibly durable and will last a lifetime.
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 Cast Iron Information: Dave Wright Welding - Specialty metals welding & fabrication
Cast iron is an iron-based material with a high percentage of carbon.
Malleable cast iron is usually white cast iron which has been subjected to a long annealing process.
Alloy cast iron can be arc welded, but greater precautions must be taken in the preheating and post-weld heat treatment to prevent the destruction of the alloying elements.
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 Malleable cast iron
Two groups of malleable cast iron are specified (whiteheart and flheart malleable cast iron), differentiated by chemical composition, temperature and time cycles of the annealing process, the annealing atmosphere and the properties and microstructure resulting therefrom.
Malleable iron castings are produced in section thicknesses ranging from about 1.5 to 100 mm and in weights from less than 0.03 to 180 kg or more.
In duplexing, the iron is melted in a cupola or electric arc furnace, and the molten metal is transferred to a coreless or channel-type induction furnace for holding and pouring.
www.key-to-steel.com /Articles/Art96.htm   (1260 words)

 Frontier America Trading Company Cast Iron Use and Care
Iron pots were used for cooking as well as other household chores such as laundry, soap making, candle making, rendering animal fats, yarn dyeing and concentrating lye.
Attempting to clean your cast iron by burning crud off in the fire will destroy the seasoning and may lead to warping or even cracking of the iron.
Well-seasoned cast iron cookware is a joy to use upon an open fire.
www.frontieramericatrading.com /cast_iron_care.htm   (1017 words)

 eBay Guides - Care Cleaning and Seasoning of Cast Iron skillets
Cast Iron cookware has been one of my personal favorite links to the past.
In colonial days the little extra iron certainly was a good addition to the diet to prevent anemia.I have also noticed that the cast seems to enhance the flavor of certain foods.
Cast iron is nothing to be afraid of.
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 Learn about Cast-Iron Pans, Cast Iron Skillets, Cast Iron Griddles and Cookware
Besides being an ideal heat conductor, cast iron heats evenly and consistently, it is inexpensive and will last a lifetime, actually several lifetimes) with proper care, and it is an old-fashioned way to cook fat free.
Seasoning or curing cast iron means filling the pores and voids in the metal with grease of some sort, which subsequently gets cooked in.
Place the cleaned cast iron pan on the heated burner of your stove for a minute or two to make sure that it is bone dry.
www.whatscookingamerica.net /Information/CastIronPans.htm   (2287 words)

 Installing Cast Iron Surrounds
Cast surrounds measure a nominal 38" x 38" outside width, so they can be used in combination with most of our mantels.
Note that the flue outlet on the cast iron firebox, if you use this component, is not designed to allow attachment of American style stainless steel chimney liners.
Also, if using the cast iron firebox in combination with the Victor burner, safety codes require that the damper door be removed or permanently clamped open for safety reasons.
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 Cast Iron
This is the complete scoop for seasoning and maintaining cast iron cookware of all sizes and shapes.
Below the section on seasoning cast iron, is a special addition that explains what to do in the event of needing to restore badly damaged or "ancient" pieces of cast iron.
But until the months and years have passed that are needed to properly do the job through use, the iron must be coated with layer of something to protect it from rust and prevent that metallic taste from transferring to the food.
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 Classification of Cast Iron
Because of the higher carbon content, the structure of cast iron, as opposed to that of steel, exhibits a rich carbon phase.
Therefore, the basic scope of the metallurgical processing of cast iron is to manipulate the type, amount, and morphology of the eutectic in order to achieve the desired mechanical properties.
Special cast irons differ from the common cast irons mainly in the higher content of alloying elements (>3%), which promote microstructures having special properties for elevated-temperature applications, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance.
www.key-to-steel.com /Articles/Art63.htm   (970 words)

 The Cooking Inn : Cast Iron Cookware & Care
The best way to get started in cast iron cookware is to inherit pots and skillets with a smooth layer of carbon baked on by previous generations.
If food sticks to your cast iron it means it is not properly seasoned or you are cooking at too high of a temperature.
Cast iron cooks usually do no more to clean their well seasoned cookware than rinsing in hot water and wiping out with a dry towel.
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 Culinary Direct / Cast Iron Cookware   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Culinary Directs famous Chasseur superior quality enameled cast iron cookware is manufactured at the Invicta Foundry, which has been established for over 70 years at Donchery in northern France.
These enameled cast iron cookware has for decades, dominated commercial kitchens of France, much as Le Creuset has been at the forefront in home kitchens.
Each cast iron cookware piece is specially sand cast then double enameled to assure you of a lifetime of beauty and service.
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 Cast Iron Systems
The Cast Iron Systems Application Router is the first integration solution to address the majority of integration problems where traditional integration solutions are overly complex and custom programming is insufficient.
Cast Iron Systems is the inventor of the Application Router®, and is working with a premier group of customers and investors to build a revolutionary solution to application integration.
Cast Iron's unique products enable enterprises to drastically reduce their integration costs by offering a simple yet scalable device.
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 cast iron repair, cast iron welding cast iron
In the past, cast iron was always difficult to repair: heat the part slowly in an oven, make the weld with a nickel rod, slowly cool the part in an oven--and hope the cast iron would not recrack (it frequently did).
Most welders wouldn't even attempt to weld cast iron due to the tempermental nature of such repairs.
Ni rod cools and forms a hard spot in the cast iron, which is a magnet for cracks--(envision a glass window with a rock cooled into the center).
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 Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Ovens
Cast iron Dutch ovens impart an extraordinary hearty taste into your food, they heat evenly, and keep your food warm from the heat source to the table and throughout the meal.
The original Dutch oven introduced in America during colonial times was made of heavy cast iron, had three or four short legs, and a lid with a flang around its outer edge for holding burning coals.
The flat lids from camp Dutch ovens are not interchangeable with kitchen Dutch ovens or other cast iron cookware, but can be used, by turning them upside down, as a griddle for frying eggs or bacon over charcoal or campfire embers.
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