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Author Topic: Cast iron with electric cooktops?  (Read 12321 times)

Trooper Bri

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Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« on: Feb 17, 2012, 06:54 PM »
I've really got the urge to pull the trigger and start getting into some cast iron cooking, but have always had an electric stove. My grandfather is an outdoorsman and has used nothing but cast iron his whole life. I'm 43 and have no doubt there's pieces in his kitchen older than me. ;) But, he's always cooked with gas. Maybe it's been that image of cast iron on fire as opposed to a coil that has kept me from buying.

So, can I use old school cast iron on an electric stove top? Pros/cons/precautions? Or do I need those hybrid cast and coated jobbies?

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 17, 2012, 06:58 PM »
They will cook fine, heat is heat, it is just a matter of "Speed". Longer to heat up longer to cool off.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 17, 2012, 07:03 PM »
I've been told to never use cast on a glass cook top. Because of that, and the fact that they are horrid to cook on, is reason enough for me to never own another... ;)

I use cast on coils all the time. It works just fine. I would prefer a gas top, but that just isn't in the cards for me right now.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 17, 2012, 07:25 PM »
Thanks for the quick replies. I figured the coil is a little less efficient than a flame. Any special attention for the seasoning on the bottom?

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 17, 2012, 09:08 PM »
I use cast iron skillets on my electric stove for every thing i cook. Ive heard that you cant use them on the glass top because the scratch the glass. Witch i can see being as heavy as they are. To season mine i just use vegetable oil and put them in the oven at 350 or 400 for ten mins, take them out wipe them down, let them cool and do it again. If you thinking of a dutch oven stile cast iron. I have no info on that never used them sorry. But i love my cast iron would never use anything else to cook with. Also when you are done cooking on them you probably know but don't wash them with soap. Use hot water and a sponge or soft scrub brush that hasn't been used with soap and scrub them out. Shake the water off. put it on medium heat on the burner to dry the rest of the water. Them wipe with paper towel and more oil. Hope that's not to much info. If you have anymore questions let me know.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 17, 2012, 09:49 PM »
trooper bri,
you don't want to season just the bottom of a cast iron pan. you want to season the whole thing. the easiest way i have found is to use an outside grill. you can use your oven, but it will smell up the house. put your pans upside down over the hot grill and let them heat up for an hour or two. this will open up the pores in the cast iron and get rid of nasty oils. let them kool to the point of handling and rub them down with some veg. oil inside and out. let them cool, and repeat the process a couple more times.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 PM »
I've never used cast and am curious, why don't you wash them with soap?

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:30 PM »
Cast iron are a "non stick" pans if you take good care of them. It sounds kind of gross to some people but if you let the "food and oil" build up on them they are a million times better that way. Washing them with soap takes the "oil and food off"  witch makes then a "stick pan".

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:34 PM »
no soap....ever....it takes the seasoning (non stick attributes) right off the pan.  cast is porous and when it heats up the pores expand.  the seasoning is the oil you put in those pores when it's hot so when it cools and shrinks it forms a protective non stick layer.  i got my first one this christmas and i can already do perfect pancakes in mine...and they fry fish supurbly!!

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:38 PM »
Some one told me at one time to season a cast iron good to pop pop corn in it. Never tried it. What do you guys think?

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:43 PM »
maybe....but i've never heard that one.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 18, 2012, 06:47 AM »
No problems using them on an stove with the coil style electric elements . The heat is just a little uneven, but that's the nature of the beast. As for seasoning them coat the inside with a little shortening and put into a 325 oven for an hour or so, let pan cool and wipe out the excess shortening. After that, if you never wash it with soap yer good to go.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 18, 2012, 09:11 AM »
They work great for popcorn... ;D

                                   

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 19, 2012, 05:30 AM »
all i ever use is cast iron cookware. i have been using it for years and have quite a collection of it. i have found a lot of mine in flea markets or yard sales. the older the better! if you buy in the store just make sure you dont get one thats made in china. i even use them in the oven to cook pies, bread ,meatloaf ect. you cant ruin them, if you do, just use a wire brush on them and start over. like they said, the soap drys em out, but sometimes you will have to do it. just put em back on the heat to dry, then coat em with oil inside and out..

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #14 on: Feb 19, 2012, 06:54 AM »
coconut oil makes them look like lodge preseasoning....it is smokey at hi temps but ...
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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #15 on: Feb 19, 2012, 11:42 AM »
Thanks for the quick replies. I figured the coil is a little less efficient than a flame. Any special attention for the seasoning on the bottom?
I've used my cast iron on everything  from coils to campfires!!I just keep a VERY light coat of canola oil on it inside and out!! The bottom gets so well seasond that it slides around on the coils!! :o
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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #16 on: Feb 19, 2012, 05:04 PM »
always heat your cast iron slowly.   if you put high heat under the center of a piece of cast, it will, in time, warp.   flames under steel seems to me like the way to go but, would never tell someone not to try electric.     would go EZ on the oil on the outside when using an electric stove until i knew how it reacted.  would hate to dump a fire extinguisher onto my stove/pan if the combo wasn't cool.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #17 on: Feb 19, 2012, 06:26 PM »
I wonder if there's a way to sort of polish or smooth out the bottom of the cast cookware so it doesn't scratch glass tops.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #18 on: Feb 19, 2012, 06:30 PM »
I wonder if there's a way to sort of polish or smooth out the bottom of the cast cookware so it doesn't scratch glass tops.
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good luck. cast, no matter how smoothly polished will always be heavier and rougher than glass. told my cousin to use her cast on the outdoor grill until she got rid of her glass top stove.

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Re: Cast iron with electric cooktops?
« Reply #19 on: Feb 21, 2012, 02:22 PM »
I wonder if there's a way to sort of polish or smooth out the bottom of the cast cookware so it doesn't scratch glass tops.
The answer to that is NO!! What part of NO don't you understand ??? Glass cooktops and cast iron do not go together! :cookoo: You can polish the bottom of your pan or skillet, but then you have to re-season it. A cast iron pan is quite heavy for a glass cooktop. It wouldn't take much to crack one! $$$$$$ It's a case of the space age meeting the pioneer age!! But it's your money, so go ahead!! :whistle: :woot:
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