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OT: plastic on cast iron griddle

ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,905
edited 7:01PM in EggHead Forum
I was preparing to make home-made tortillas on my cast iron griddle. I went to put a bag of plastic cups away (over the stove) and dropped them on the very hot griddle!
There is now a very thin (hard to see, but not hard to smell) layer of plastic on the surface now.

Any idea how I can salvage my new cast iron griddle?!!!

Thanks for suggestions.
Packerland, Wisconsin


  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Any chance you can freeze it and peel off the layer of plastic? :ermm:
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    burn the shizznit out of it and reseason
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,757
    Coarse sandpaper and season it again.
  • Or you can Google it...

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  • I'm in the camp with stike.... ;)
    Cast is porous, even the polished cast, so I really feel that the absolute best thing you could do is burn it with a really hot fire. Let the griddle heat up and cool down slowly or it may warp or even crack....Don't stick it into a 1000 F. fire, but put it on while the fire is climbing and leave it there while the fire goes out too.
    This will burn off / out the plastic for sure and then give it a good seasoning. It will be way dry and ugly.
    I would use lard here, just because it will be require a "deep" seasoning after such a hot burn out.
    I think (my 2 cents worth, anyway) lard is the best for seasoning a new or re-conditioned cast.
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,905
    Thanks for the responses, guys.

    I ended up scrubbing it with steel wool and then put it in the oven on the "oven clean" cycle. (My plan was to blast it with heat in the egg, but it was below zero all weekend and I wasn't in the mood to stand outside if I wasn't cooking something!). It appears to be completely free of the thin coat of plastic that was once there. Now I just need to re-season it, as it has an almost brownish color to it now.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Glad you got it cleaned off. ;)
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