Lodge cast iron loaf pans

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Lodge cast iron loaf pans

Anyone? I have 4 lodge pots/pans, so I know they're good. It's more of a question about cast iron loaf pans in general. I'm looking for sandwich loafs. I have a calphalon nonstick right now, meh. It's ok, i really don't love it, but it's not bad. The crust on my sandwich bread is a little crumbly. Not sure if that's something that a different material would resolve. Anyone care to weigh in?

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I can’t comment on nonstick loaf pans vs. cast iron, but rather on cast iron in general.

 

Cast iron pans are usually seasoned when you purchase them, but if the surface isn’t jet black and shows a brownish tinge with or without silver showing through, it needs to be re-seasoned. There are many methods for seasoning. I think giving the cast iron loaf pans a little extra seasoning would be worth the effort, especially for baked goods.

 

The Stella Cast Iron seasoning page is:

http://www.stellaculinary.com/blog/how-season-cast-iron-pan

and includes a link to a “new” method of seasoning cast iron with flax seed oil.

 

CAUTION: the smoke generated by flax seed oil is particularly (every pun intended) bad... Really, REALLY, REALLY bad. Don’t breath it if you care about your lungs, asthma or lung disease in the future. No joke.

 

If you can get around the problem with the smoke and wash any rags used in soap & water several times (the rags are very, very flammable), the coating is the best you can get, bar none. A flax oil seasoned cast iron pan or pot is a thing of beauty.

 

Check out the following links for more information:

 

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan:

http://www.stellaculinary.com/blog/how-season-cast-iron-pan

 

Sheryl Canter’s Blog Post on using Flax Seed Oil for Cast Iron Seasoning:

http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/01/a-science-based-technique-for-...

 

Cook’s Illustrated post on using Flax Seed Oil using Sheryl Canter’s method (hint, the pan went through a dish washer and came out virtually unscathed) (membership required, but you can get a 14 day trial for free):

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/howto/login.asp?docid=26897

 

I hope this helps.

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  In brief, this is what Cook's Illustrated has to say:  They tested 10 pans made of a variety of materials, dark colored metal pans browned more evenly than light metal.  They hated glass, especially for sweet breads, like banana. 

  In the end they recommend metal with a nonstick coating.  Their favorite is Ecko Baker's Secret, guess the price!!??  A whopping $4.00!!!  Happy birthday to you Dave!

  P.S.  This equipment segment was written in 2008.

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interestingly, Cooks Illustrated rated Pyrex glass pan as their #1 choice in a "free" copy I just received, based on tests making cornbread.  Their opinion may have evolved over the years.  I'm not sure what the date of htis test was, however.

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