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by gastro gnome
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I've had a good experience with my Darto pan thus far. Seems more nonstick than my small Matfer in its current state (although that pan has not given me a many problems). The scratch on the cooking surface that I discovered upon arrival has not impacted performance. Darto had a liquidation sale for ...
by gastro gnome
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: Dutch Oven/Braiser
Replies: 25
Views: 890

Re: Dutch Oven/Braiser

I owned the 6 qt Lodge and it is a good size for most recipes. There were two things I didn't like: 1) the enamel began chipping off this dutch oven faster than the Le Creuset I owned and 2) the actual cooking surface area is small for its size which means you might have to do things in batches when...
by gastro gnome
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Said it before but I'll say it again: chain mail scrubby thing gets off most gunk (including excess oil buildup) but doesn't raze your seasoning like steel wool. I've used salt and this workscs well if not better for hard to remove stuff.
by gastro gnome
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I had a bad fried egg experience in my little Matfer for the first time in a long time. Probably an aberration. I ordered a Darto pan out of Argentina since I've been curious about them. We'll see what it's like! I received my Darto pan. It arrived naked in a cardboard box with no packing material ...
by gastro gnome
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please help me choose a cutting board!
Replies: 29
Views: 772

Re: Please help me choose a cutting board!

This guy makes some exception end grain boards for a reasonable price. He occasionally has sales making them even more affordable. I've had one in the kitchen for over 3 years, used daily and looks as good as new. I have another 2 I use as amplifier stands, but thats a different story. Just treat w...
by gastro gnome
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

As stated above, I highly recommend Spanish tortillas in your seasoned pan. It works as one of the first cooking tasks after you've got your initial seasoning too (due to all the oil). https://i.imgur.com/iAnnIYDl.jpg I mostly used this recipe . The bonus is some really deliciously flavored extra oi...
by gastro gnome
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 150 Petty recomendation
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: 150 Petty recomendation

Based on my experience with the White #1, you might want to consider the Yoshimitsu 150mm. The handle on the White #1 was the most basic j knife handle I've experienced (and had a significant choil gap to boot), but I think the white #1 price is reflective of that. The blade itself has got great gri...
by gastro gnome
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Glad to know you had a good experience with this Dan. I think that butter has some inherent properties that might aid in stick-free cooking, namely all the water in it that creates bubbles/foam. That being said, I'd expect that you would get similar bubbles coming off the food hitting any hot oil as...
by gastro gnome
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Adventures in Japan
Replies: 96
Views: 1906

Re: Adventures in Japan

I've been very curious to hear how the craft beer scene is playing out in Japan. When I lived there 15+ years ago, the number and types of beers seemed limited, but I'm seeing some imports here that suggest things are equally as creative and diverse over there now. One day, I'll get back and check i...
by gastro gnome
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I made some scrambled eggs in the mineral b this morning just to see how it would work. They slid right off with only a little bit of butter. No sticking at all. Wild While I risk Kalaeb's ire for continuing to make this carbon steel discussion overly complicated and fussy, I am curious how you scr...
by gastro gnome
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Every time I've ended up with a gooey mess, it was because I used too much oil. I have not seen de Buyer's instructions and have not followed them, so I can't vouch for them one way or another.
by gastro gnome
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

So, I went for yet another potato dish in mine... today was Spanish tortilla. Start off with generous oil, on 5heat, sliced onions and small cubes of potatoes. Everything was sliding around nicely till the point I added salt, pepper, and dried thyme & rosemary. I'm not sure if it's one, all, or non...
by gastro gnome
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I’ve been watching this thread for a while and trying to resist but I don’t think I can any longer. I have a 12” all-clad copper core, 12” lodge cast iron skillet, and 14” cheapo wok that I use for almost everything. I have smaller pans but rarely use them. I notice none of you guys seem to be goin...
by gastro gnome
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I respect the opinion and experience of many people here and I'm not looking to belabor this point. But my take and everyone else's on this thread is opinion (and I doubt anyone really wants to weigh out fat in grams to standardize the amount we are using). What constitutes a lot or a little amount ...
by gastro gnome
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Are you saying I'm baking the pan with too much oil? At this stage I'm really just daubing the paper towel with a 1.5cm of oil from the bottle, and then stretching that across the whole pan. Surely that can't be too much :o is the method you suggest to absorbed the baked layer? I might give it a tr...
by gastro gnome
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Nice! So, when YOU say nonstick, how much oil is involved in this nonstick cooking you're performing? As little as you used to use? I have to reiterate that people should not expect Teflon performance from these pans. They are different tools. I am able to get mostly stick-free performance for my m...
by gastro gnome
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

Drewski, what types of pans are those? Maybe it's the angle of the shot, but it seems from the pictures that the pans have pretty high sides but modest cooking surfaces. Almost like a "chefs" or "weeknight" pan? Or French skillet? I just think the carbon steel pans pans I've normally seen have a hig...
by gastro gnome
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forum only Konosuke Sale?
Replies: 67
Views: 2024

Re: Forum only Konosuke Sale?

I think the results here are pretty clear: those who are in line to receive special consideration are generally in favor of it and those who won't, aren't. That's an over-generalization and I'm not suggesting that all of the responses here purely reflect self-interest. But it's probably about what y...
by gastro gnome
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

I’ve thrown my cast-iron pan in the fireplace once or twice to burn everything off. Probably work on carbon too. :| :mrgreen: The self cleaning cycle on the oven does the same thing. Or a spray oven cleaner with lye. Either one will strip a pan down to raw metal. How's the smell in the house when u...
by gastro gnome
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Kitchenware Deals
Topic: Carbon Skillets
Replies: 521
Views: 11410

Re: Carbon Skillets

jbart65 wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:46 pm
I’ve thrown my cast-iron pan in the fireplace once or twice to burn everything off. Probably work on carbon too. :| :mrgreen:
The self cleaning cycle on the oven does the same thing. Or a spray oven cleaner with lye. Either one will strip a pan down to raw metal.