After using my de Buyer carbon steel pan for several weeks, I noticed that the center of the pan was no longer non-stick. The non-stick center of my pan most likely lost that feature by using soap to clean the pan or by cooking acid foods. I had a choice to throw the pan out or fix the problem.
How to Solve the Loss of Seasoning on Your Carbon Steel Pan
I chose to fix the problem by reseasoning the center of the pan by using the potato skin, salt, and oil method. I created a short video below which will show you the exact process I used to re-seasoning my pan.
The entire process is a bit time-consuming, but it is well worth the time to “save” the pan. All that was needed to re-season my pan was Kosher Salt, a few Idaho potato skins, and some grapeseed oil. If your local supermarket does not have grapeseed oil, you can find grapeseed oil here at Amazon. The de Buyer pan I use all the time, and the one I used in this demonstration can be found here.
Some people have asked me for the type of potatoes to be used. I used the cheapest Idaho potatoes available. I would not use sweet potatoes or those small baby potatoes. Below is a picture of the kind of Idaho potatoes I used.
The Best Little Potato Peeler
The little potato peeler I used in the video can be purchased here at Amazon. I like these peelers because they are inexpensive and they just work. Amazon has a package of three of them in one package, and I think it is a great deal for the money. I would buy them again.
Here is a cool video showing you some of the many uses for this unique peeler.
When you finish repairing (re-seasoning) your carbon steel pan, it probably will still look the same in the center of the pan. Have no worries! The pan will work perfectly again. We are not trying to improve the “beauty” of the pan, but instead, we are improving the “functionality” of the pan. The white dots on the “After” pictures are the ceiling lights’ reflections, not a flaw in the pan. Even though the image sizes are different, they are the same pan.
If you take your time, the result of re-seasoning your pan will pay you dividends over your lifetime. You will find that once you start to use your carbon steel pans that they will become the workhorses of your kitchen.
How to Strip Down Your Carbon Steel Pan for Re-Seasoning
If you need to strip your pan down to the bare metal, here are the instructions you will need.
Best Reasons Not To Use Rusted Cookware
Did you know that cooking with rusted cookware can cause lead to leaching into your food? Here’s why you need to think twice before using a rusty pan. It is important to find a product that you can use for effective cookware rust removal.
Carbon Steel Pans vs Cast Iron Pans
Carbon steel and cast iron pans can be considered cousins. It means that they have quite some similarities but some characteristics are used to differentiate the two. Carbon steel heats up and cools down quicker. Cast iron is slow to heat up and slow to cool down. Each has advantages
Best Carbon Steel Pan for Cooking Eggs
This Vollrath carbon steel fry pan is perfect for frying, sauteing, searing, scrambling, and more! Carbon steel is an excellent conductor of heat, making it a favorite for high-temperature cooking. Once seasoned, this French-style fry pan distributes heat evenly for a fast, uniform cook. It’s ideal for any home or commercial kitchen and can be made NON-STICK by seasoning it correctly.
Why are Eggs Sticking to My Carbon Steel Pan?
Eggs can stick to your carbon steel pan for several reasons. The pan could be too cold, too hot, not enough butter or oil, cold eggs, incomplete seasoning, and a variety of other reasons. Take a few minutes to reveal what I have discovered about eggs sticking to the bottom of carbon steel pans.
Cast Iron Pans vs Carbon Steel Pans
Which pan is better for you? Learn more about the differences between cast iron s and carbon steel pans. They are both made from metal, so you can expect them to be durable. Both of them are safe to put in the oven and they can handle a wide variety of foods on your stove.
How to Clean a Rusted Carbon Steel Pan the Right Way
If you have rust on your carbon steel cookware or wok, I will show you a step-by-step procedure for removing that rust and re-seasoning your carbon steel cookware. I will also show you how to store and protect your cookware from rust.