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ADORABLE cast iron skillet, perfect for making mini crepes
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
For any cast iron product, I always put this as a header: DO NOT SOAK YOUR CAST IRON, IT WILL RUST REGARDLESS OF THE QUALITY OF THE PAN. THIS IS THE NATURE OF IRON. RUST IS IRON OXIDE--OXIDIZED IRON. When you are done washing your pan, dry it with a towel and put it on the stove with a flame on for 1 minute and shut it off, this will ensure all moisture will evaporate. Sure, this is not as convenient as non stick, but it also comes with none of the risks and all the benefits!
I seasoned this pan on the bottom moreso so that I could use this upside-down on the stove to dip the bottom into a shallow dish of crepe batter so I could make mini crepes super easily thanks to the fact that the bottom has no branding stamp so it is perfectly flat and perfect for crepes! I also have another just for eggs. It's great for making 2 eggs and takes approximately 2-3 minutes on medium low heat to make a soft yolk sunny side up egg and I love it for its convenience. It's exactly the right size for a sandwich too. Thanks to the non stick nature of seasoned cast iron the egg comes off easily as long as it is seasoned well, and has a thin layer of oil prior to adding the egg. I use a thin metal spatula and it comes right out and fear not, if you have a bit of egg stuck for whatever reason, simply add some oil, leave the heat on low and the egg will just flake off! Not to say you can't wash it, but since I have never really had anything stuck to it I haven't, aside from a quick rinse under water.
Footnote: This is in case you have some food stuck to the pan like sauce or meat when you cook something with alot of liquids in it and some bits get stuck to the pan. I put some water and simply scrub it with a nylon pan scrubber or a nylon scrubbing brush (I prefer the scrubbing brush as it lasts longer). The food comes off easily, dry it on the stove and you're all set! No soap needed (heat kills any bacteria), but if you want to go at it with some dish soap that is fine. If you use dish soap repeatedly, it will strip some of the seasoning away so after several uses you may want to season the pan again.
Seasoning tips: if you want to season your pan, get a boar bristle brush that has never had contact with chemicals and put a dew drops of oil onto the pan. Use the brush to spread the oil on in a thin layer and put your pan onto high heat with a lid on it. Once it starts smoking, shut off the fire and voila, your pan is seasoned! Easy peasy, no oven needed. I also use this brush to apply oil to my egg pan.