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How Do You Treat Cast Iron Pans To Remove Gluten?
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I;ve seen this idea mentioned here more than once, but I'm afraid I need specific directions. I have lots of cast iron and dont' want to have to get rid of it all. I mostly made gluteny foods in glass baking dishes, but I know I had wheat pasta in the cast iron pans at times, and I made cornbread with wheat flour in a cast iron skillet.

You put them in the oven and put it on self-clean? Then, do you scrub them and re-season them?

That would be my guess! BUt I'd like more specific directions if people have done this.

Thanks.

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I couldn't even begin to guess - I bought a new one. We only had a few anyway, my last husband, came with bunches but he kept all those.

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I start off with oven cleaner ... its really bad stuff to breath in so open windows before you start aand close the kitchen door.

Give it a really good spray and stick it in the oven when its already hot....

Leave it 15-20 mins and grad it with a oven mitt into boiling water (already in sink) and then using a waterproof volcanised rubber glove scrub it with steel wool.... opull it out and scrub etc. etc.

If you have a drill then get someone used to power tools and one of the steel woll brushes and really clean it up.... it will remove the surface layer eventually (its hard work) and keep using oven cleaner/heat then boiling water

Eventually..... you have stripped it back and you need to reproove it with oil....(like when you buy it new)

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Thanks for brining this up. Very helpful and a good reminder that I need to do something about my cast iron skillet. I haven't yet made anything gluten-free in it yet. But like you i've made gluten cornbread in it previously so guess I better get scrubbing!

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I think I'll just gradually start replacing them! Cast iron cookware is pretty cheap if you buy it in the camping department of stores, rather than in the regular cookware department.

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One way to get the cast iron totally clean is to sandblast it. You will have to find a company or a friend with a sandblaster, and use FINE sand. After the bare metal is exposed, keep it dry! Blow off the sand then rinse with alcohol (won't rust and is nicer than oven cleaner) and re-season as soon as possible before rust attacks from the moisture in the air.

I have several old pieces of cast iron that have been "glutened" for years but I cannot part with them.

This method works well for me.

cheers,

santafe

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I;ve seen this idea mentioned here more than once, but I'm afraid I need specific directions. I have lots of cast iron and dont' want to have to get rid of it all. I mostly made gluteny foods in glass baking dishes, but I know I had wheat pasta in the cast iron pans at times, and I made cornbread with wheat flour in a cast iron skillet.

You put them in the oven and put it on self-clean? Then, do you scrub them and re-season them?

That would be my guess! BUt I'd like more specific directions if people have done this.

Thanks.

Yup, That's what I did.

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I replaced all mine, seemed like a waste.... but my old loved pans went to a nice home where they are appreciated....

My new ones are just getting "seasoned"

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I don't have the slightest idea. I just moved into a coop with 20 other people. I had never used cast iron pans before so I had no idea. It only took a few days to realize that nothing cooked in the cast iron can be safe as long as people had used them for gluten filled meals.

Now i just use my own pan and keep it separate. Still learning, sadly. Maybe one day there will be a gluten free coop!!!

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Do a forum search (top left of page) for "cast iron + self clean" without the quotes. You will find several threads that discuss putting cast iron in your oven on the self cleaning cycle. It seems to have worked for quite a few people. :)

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Step 1: Open garbage can.

Step 2: Toss old skillet into garbage.

Step 3: Go to store and purchase new skillet.

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