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Offline silentdave1020

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Paleo & Cast Iron
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:25:26 PM »
Greetings folks,

I was recently advised by my doctor to try a paleo diet to address a few concerns that showed up in my bloodwork.

For many years now, I've been a big fan of cooking in my cast iron cookware. After cleaning the pots & pans, I have always wiped them down with a thin layer of canola oil to maintain the non-stick surface and prevent rust. I would only apply enough oil to cover the surface, and then wipe away the excess with a paper towel.

I know canola, soybean, vegetable, corn, and most other oils are not compatible with Paleo guidelines. However, since such a small amount of oil is used is it OK to continue this practice? Or is it better to switch the oil type to something paleo-friendly? Does anyone have experience using a paleo-friendly oil for this purpose? I've heard that some oils can get sticky or rancid if applied to a cast-iron pan and then left to sit for a few days.

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Paleo & Cast Iron
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2016, 10:00:45 PM »
Given how little oil is involved, I doubt it would be a problem.

Unhydrogenated lard would probably also work.  Tallow might be a bit too solid to wipe on. 

I don't use anything special, but I only use my cast iron for frying, so it gets frequent application of fat during cooking and stays seasoned that way.

On another note, I did manage to drop and break my #8 frying pan last week, handed down from my grandmother, but I don't think it had anything to do with seasoning.  The fracture looked like there had been a crack developing for a while.  The cover to the pan says 1925, but I think the pan was actually older, as it had a hammered handle; the top will now go on a pan I bought on ebay.  Ah well, can't complain about getting a century of use out of it.