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What are these silver dots on my cast iron skillet ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Hello everybody !

I decided to scrub my cast iron after it got some rust on it. After a vigirous rub, spots appeared.

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Any idea what the silver dots are ? They seem like little cracks.

Thank you for your time and help !

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on February 02, 2012
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, he said, after bemoaning the dearth of tasty paleo salad dressings at his local Whole Foods.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I agree - it looks like you're down to the bare iron in those spots. Time to reseason, otherwise those spots will rust.

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on February 02, 2012
at 08:13 PM

these are cracks, in the seasoning. you'll need to re-season. cook a bunch of bacon in the pan, wipe out the pan but leave a thin layer of fat. stick it in the oven at 500F for about half an hour. the oven will get a bit smokey but that's ok. you're carbonizing the fat. let the pan cool, wipe it out and repeat every time you make bacon. you could also use coconut oil, lard or beef tallow. (lots of places on the internet suggest crisco or canola oil but... just don't)

here's a more thorough step-by-step http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/CastIronPans.htm

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:42 PM

It's hard to be sure but cast iron starts out a gray or dull silver. It turns dark as it "seasons" and gentle cleaning leaves the seasoning so the pan is as non-stick as possible and less likely to rust or tarnish. My skillet is pretty black; after each use I rinse with hot water, scrubbing with a gentle scrubber, and then dry and apply a light coating of oil/grease.

My guess--and that's all it as with the quality of your photo--is that you accidentally scrubbed off some of the seasoning and exposed "raw" cast iron. If that's the case, oiling it and using it will gradually restore the seasoning as long as you don't scrub too harshly.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I agree - it looks like you're down to the bare iron in those spots. Time to reseason, otherwise those spots will rust.

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on February 02, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Season that bad boy! (: It happened to me after my roommate scrubbed ALL of my cast iron down to the shiny... Some of them were fixed and others were never the same. Yours should be fine after seasoning it.

& be sure to care for it to avoid rusting so you don't feel the need to give it a scrub down in the future!

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on February 02, 2012
at 08:02 PM

First World Problems.

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on February 02, 2012
at 09:37 PM

, he said, after bemoaning the dearth of tasty paleo salad dressings at his local Whole Foods.

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