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Fritz88 12:54 PM 11-08-2011


What's the best way to cook a burger at home, on a gas stove?

I heard that Cast Iron Skillets are the way to go.

Would you agree? Have you tried burgers on them?
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Stewie 02:52 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Graystoke:
Not scary at all. Once you have a good seasoned layer it is pure simplicity.
I use Olive Oil and nothing else to keep it oily.
Only warm water and a wood scraper to get the tough stuff out.
Lodge is the way I go.

The bonus of Cast Iron is cooking in them is FAT FREE!
A little known fact is Cast Iron absorbs all the bad fats from Bacon and Sausage....thats what Dad told me and I am stickin to it:-)
Smart dad!
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Pawnmower 02:58 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!:
For seasoning, I still haven't done this, but according to Cook's Illustrated, this is the ultimate way to season a cast iron pan. It'll take some time, but you'll be rewarded.

From a recent edition of Cooks Illustrated (please pardon any typos - I had to re-type it from the magazine):
trip out.....my cast irons are seasoned the old fashioned way.....I may have to try this...thanks for posting..

would flax seed have any different flavor or odor than veg oil?
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Johnny Vegas 03:16 PM 11-08-2011
can I season with just bacon? cook the bacon wipe and repeat?
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mlyonsd 03:18 PM 11-08-2011
For burgers, first sprinkle salt in the skillet, the heat until it is searing hot before adding the meat. Supposed to keep the meat from sticking. That's the way I do it anyway.
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mlyonsd 03:20 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Johnny Vegas:
can I season with just bacon? cook the bacon wipe and repeat?
My grandfather always popped popcorn using bacon grease and a black iron skillet. It's actually pretty good.
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Pawnmower 03:23 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Johnny Vegas:
can I season with just bacon? cook the bacon wipe and repeat?
yep. pretty much what I have done with mine, and I am satisfied.....although the flaxseed method above supposedly gets you better results (less spotting and rusting apparently, although I dont get much with bacon/veg oil)
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Johnny Vegas 03:24 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by mlyonsd:
My grandfather always popped popcorn using bacon grease and a black iron skillet. It's actually pretty good.
Originally Posted by Pawnmower:
yep. pretty much what I have done with mine, and I am satisfied.....although the flaxseed method above supposedly gets you better results (less spotting and rusting apparently, although I dont get much with bacon/veg oil)
awesome! :-) :-)
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Fire Me Boy! 03:53 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by mlyonsd:
For burgers, first sprinkle salt in the skillet, the heat until it is searing hot before adding the meat. Supposed to keep the meat from sticking. That's the way I do it anyway.
If it's sticking, your pan either isn't seasoned very well, or you're trying to flip it too soon.
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WV 03:55 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!:
If it's sticking, your pan either isn't seasoned very well, or you're trying to flip it too soon.
:-)Important tip....this is key to frying floured Deer loin.
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tooge 04:30 PM 11-08-2011
Originally Posted by Fritz88:
What brand is it? It looks great.
I'm not even sure of the brand. I bought that at a garage sale prbably 20 years ago. It was my camp skillet, then got moved to the kitchen when my parents gave me a "set" of cast iron stuff. If you season them well, deglaze them after use, scrub with a plastic cleaner, dry, and re oil after each use, yours will look just like mine in a year or so. It is basically non stick now. I think the biggest keys are to deglaze with water after use, and re oiling every time.
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Ultra Peanut 04:59 PM 11-08-2011
CAAAAAAST IIIIIIIIIIRON

There is no better feeling than re-seasoning.
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Fritz88 11:22 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!:
Not really. Le Creuset are the top of the line, but I've never seen or heard anyone who owns 'em say they were worth the extra money you spend. Most of my cast iron is Lodge.

Personally, I'd skip the griddle and go with a 10- or 12-inch skillet. Everything tastes better in cast iron, and you'll limit what you can do with just a griddle.
So I have the option of grabbing a 10 inch Staub cast iron skillet , griddled or order online a 10 inch Lodge, not griddled .

What do you recommend? I will end up paying the same price for either one, considering shipping costs.

I mainly plan on using it on burgers, searing steaks and grilling Fish. Will I regret my decision if I go with Staub?

Here it is


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blaise 11:30 AM 11-09-2011
Not to hijack the thread, but since it's a cooking thread- I got some gift certificates to Williams Sonoma recently and I'm considering a nice quality knife and sharpener. Up to now I've always used just the stuff you get at Target, etc.
Does anyone have an opinion on brand, style, etc? (I was looking at Shun, Wusthof and Global) Are these knives worth it?
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Frosty 11:32 AM 11-09-2011
I don't really like using vegetable oil to season the pan as the surface can get gummy after a while. We use tallow to season ours. A saturated fat won't oxidize or go rancid like a polyunsaturated will.
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Fire Me Boy! 11:33 AM 11-09-2011
Originally Posted by blaise:
Not to hijack the thread, but since it's a cooking thread- I got some gift certificates to Williams Sonoma recently and I'm considering a nice quality knife and sharpener. Up to now I've always used just the stuff you get at Target, etc.
Does anyone have an opinion on brand, style, etc? (I was looking at Shun, Wusthof and Global) Are these knives worth it?
Standby on that. The most recent Cook's Illustrated reviewed knife sets. I'll get it and give you the rundown.
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