Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by DaddyBare
This might be a silly question, but how do we know a cast iron skillet/oven is really cast iron? I have seen plenty of them around, but I am always
skeptical of buying one at a flea market or garage sale, because I don't know if there are other versions that are just as heavy, but might be a lower
quality or have harmful stuff mixed into a cheap metal blend.
Are there some markings or identifiers to be sure I am getting a good cast iron?
Cast Iron has a unique look and feel to it... once you see it compared next to steel... you'll know and understand the difference ay a glance... you
are right about having to be careful with some imports and cheap knock-offs... poor casting might lead to cracks and splits... if you can walk into a
real cheif's supply store... they will have the good one's.... at a 300% markup... but you can see what the good ones look like... then find a cheaper
Once upon a time... when I was trying my hand at truck driving I ran down to Old Mexico to pick up a load of rebar and bring it back... as soon as I
hit the border all these sirens and flashing lights came on... that rebar was just radioactive enough to trigger all the sensors they have there...
they made me abandon trailer and load... only after a call from an angry lawyer would they let me have my truck back... after they did a through
decontamination... Ya kever know what esle is mixed in with imported Iron... not until an angry man with a gun is ording you to get the hell out of
the truck and put your hands over your head...
Yeah your better off buying form a reputable sporting goods store... makes it easier to return if your not happy with it...
edit on 27-8-2011
by DaddyBare because: (no reason given)