Want to know what happens if you let your cast iron sit around, unused, with a lid fused to the skillet? Allow me to show you.
Please to remember: I have a love of cast iron. A serious, deep, and abiding love. And the pretty, shiny skillets to prove it:
See how pretty and shiny and glossy they are? Teflon has nothing on these. Nothing.
Now, please to observe:
This. Is. Not. Good.
The lid had sealed itself to the pan while in storage and had created some rust inside the lid and the pan. I’d heard tell of using the self-cleaning cycle on the oven to strip down cast iron, so thought I’d give it a shot. BAD IDEA. Now I have a LOT of rust. A. Lot. Fine-grade sandpaper is no match for this.
Next step: finding someone with a sandblaster. Seriously. See? Honestly, I’m giggling a bit at the mental image of moseying into a body shop wielding a cast iron skillet. Will I look like a woman scorned coming to seek revenge on someone? “No, don’t run! I just want to make bacon!”