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Before you begin reading this post, click play on the video below. The sweet, nutty flavor of chestnuts will warm your manly holiday spirit to the core, and most importantly, roasting them gives you an excuse to do something with fire. But what would be the fun in that? A man never misses a chance to build a fire and cook over it. Long-handled popcorn or chestnut roasters make the ideal vessels for open fire chestnut roasting, as they allow you to roast the nuts without burning your face off. And their lids let you shake the chestnuts around for even roasting, instead of having to turn them over yourself or losing a few when flipping them in a lid-less pan. Just be careful not to burn yourself. If you have an old beat-up skillet, you can turn it into a bona fide chestnut roaster by drilling 30 or so holes in the bottom. The Chestnuts You can buy chestnuts at some grocery stores, but you may want to call ahead to make sure they have them. While dozens of chestnut varieties exist, most people roast Castagne and Marroni chestnuts at the holidays.

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Just planning ahead here…Jackson will NOT be getting a walk that day. We will have to run circles around the house instead. My husband put one up while I was in Mexico and I came home to holiday cheer in our house but I had to leave town again right away and when I came home the second time, it was on the floor. So I hoisted it back up and what did it do an hour later after I had already cleaned up? It fell over again.

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How to Reseason a Cast Iron Skillet Prevent rust and create a stick-resistant surface in five easy steps. Getty Images By Woman’s Day Staff Feb 22, If you’ve had your cast iron skillet for a while, chances are it needs to be reseasoned—meaning it needs to be recoated to create a stick-resistant surface and guard against rust. Scrub it with steel wool. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Step 2 Jonny Valiant Apply a thin, even coating of vegetable oil to the entire surface of the pan inside and out using a paper towel.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Step 3 Jonny Valiant Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of your oven to safeguard it from oil drips. This will allow the oil to drip down and coat the entire pan. Leave the pan in the oven to “bake” for one hour. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Step 5 Turn off the oven and let the pan cool in the oven, or remove it with mitts and place it on a wire rack to cool for an hour.

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Daniel Gritzer] Serious Eats has become a pretty great resource for cast iron cooking, thanks to some of the articles Kenji has written on the topic, from recipes to care and maintenance guides as well as some serious myth busting. One of the wonders of cast iron is that it’s tough as nails, and can last for generations. For those looking to take their cast iron cooking to the next level, a nice piece of vintage cookware is a pretty sweet first step. It’s not that the vintage stuff is worlds better than the modern pans available today—the smoother finish characteristic of very old cast iron provides only marginally better non-stick properties.

But, for those of us nerdy enough to get excited about the details, vintage cast iron has a lot going for it. First, it tends to be lighter than its modern equivalents, which, if you use cast iron regularly, can start to make a difference in your quality of life at the very least, your back will thank you for it.

Some cracks, as in the pan above, are easily visible.

Go to our new site: We have a free eBook to help you find the date of your Wagner. Wagner Ware Cast Iron: How old is my Wagner cast iron skillet? Is there a way to date my Wagner cast iron dutch oven? Or even my Griswold skillet? It is not an easy answer and there are a few factors to consider. So, first off there is a line of demarcation for collectible cast iron cookware.

I would say the s — early s made cast iron cookware is still pretty darn good and probably some of those pieces are better than what you can get today. Read a little more about the history of Wagner Cast Iron and even Griswold Cast Iron… In many cases, we cannot determine the exact date that a piece of cookware was made. We can come pretty close to a range of dates once we understand a little bit about the manufacturing of the cookware. The iron foundries would have moulds for the various pieces of cookware and over time the moulds would need to be replaced.

Or through expansion the foundries would get more moulds to increase production or to make another piece of cookware. Why is all this is important?

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By Mary Gormandy White Are you wondering how to clean a cast iron grill? One of the best reasons to purchase a grill made from cast iron is the fact that the tough metal is so durable. However, as with any type of grill, regular cleaning and proper maintenance is essential if you want to keep your outdoor cooking device looking good and functioning properly.

Understanding How to Clean a Cast Iron Grill Unlike stainless grills that can easily become scratched and discolored if you use any type of abrasive cleaning product or surface on them, cast iron grills are very tough and resilient.

If you run across a pan with an underlined number imprinted sideways on the bottom center of the pan, you likely have a pan that was manufactured by Vollrath pan in the s and s.

It is fun to learn the history and origin of old cast iron cookware. It can also be a huge learning curve. Here are tips to help you with your research as you venture into the world of vintage cast iron skillet identification. This is an overview; there are many ins and outs and exceptions, of course. The Internet has opened up a myriad of ways to identify cast iron. Be as descriptive as you can when doing your search.

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Watch how to make this recipe. Preheat the oven to degrees F. Toss the shallots and garlic with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to coat and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast until the shallots are soft and the garlic is golden, about 30 minutes. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

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Gabi Moskowitz , on Oct 8, Violet, on Dec 22, Thank you for this recipe! I have this cooking right now, smells delicious. This is the provencale dish called socca. Bob , on Jun 16, Quincy , on Jul 8, I have tried the recipe several times and the bread is never thoroughly cooked using a cast iron skillet.

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From Good Housekeeping Well-seasoned cast iron cookware provides one of the best surfaces for cooking, since it heats foods evenly and can do just about anything – including go on the stove or in the oven. That said, it’s a notoriously tricky material to clean and maintain if you don’t know what you’re doing. Follow this advice from our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute and pick up these essentials to keep your skillet, pot or grill clean, and you’ll be fine.

Using a cloth soaked in vegetable oil , rub the entire surface of the pan, including the exterior. Heat upside down in a degree Fahrenheit oven for one hour.

The spider skillet is one of the most — if not the most — collectible of Griswold cast iron cookware.

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Getty Images Theo Wargo The original sitcom aired for nine years between and It became the most-watched show in , according to Nielsen ratings. In its rise to the top, the show knocked The Cosby Show from a longstanding position at No. The show won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards. All four of the original cast members are back for 16 new episodes, which, by the way, now includes a second season with 13 additional episodes.

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The nut of the Marroni is sweeter and plumper, and it peels away from the skin more easily.

I ran across one today that was raw cast iron similar to your photo. Hi There Mike, Yes, I think so. Especially if yours looks like my picture with the raw cast iron. I do a lot of out-door camping and other activities with the family. I just got into collecting vantage Cast iron as a hobby. July 25, at 2: This vintage stuff is fun to collect and search for. I saw some really nice pieces over the weekend at a garage sale that I randomly saw.

How is the new Wagner cast iron skillets you can get from American Culinary.

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