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    Peter asked for advice on cleaning a pan/ skillet he has. I offered to sort the pan out for him and collected it to take home.

    Herewith some step by step pics of the process I used for the first stage. Once completely finished I will cook a few meals in the pan to show it works
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    Peter started with cleaning with wire brushes it seems. It is always good to ponder about things a bit, so I've had the pan around, looking at it the last few days while having a drink.
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    Soap and scrubbing removed the flash surface rust. I don't bother with the outside of the pan or handles, will sort that out with another method.
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    The outside of the pan is liberally coated with cooking oil, old used oil always seems to works best. The handles are also coated. I use a rag to rub the oil remove excess oil.
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    The process needs open flames, so we have to make a fire
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    Pan on the fire in the flames, 750ml white vinegar and water added as the liquid reduces. About 45 minutes of letting it cook, ladling onto the sides often.
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    Add wood as required, the pan needs to get tobubble and sizzle, this loosens the deep rust.
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    The liquid is pooured out, rinsed a few times with water and the washed and scrubbed with liquid soap three times, rinsing properly in between.
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    Oh wow, I'm following this thread!

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    Curious what you will cook in it once done , always love your recipes and look of the grub you make on the It are time thread

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    With the oil rag again, the inside and sides are rubbed hard which stops the flash surface rust from forming before the next step. An important step as the pan has to cool down with the oil rub and one must have a beer. Hard work this
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    Oil is added and potato peels. I didn't have spuds so used sweet potato for this step, wood was also added while having the beer as now we need some more flames, big ones now.

    Pan goes onto the fire with the oil, never add oil to a pan that has been standing in the flames as the oil is flamable and could ignite on the scalding surface.
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    Reason for the peels is twofold, it seems to soak up the steel "taste" of a skillet or pot and one can use it as sponge to coat the inside walls of the pan with the hot oil. Using a wooden spoon here.
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    And let it burn, all the time coating the sides, using the peels. They eventually becomes black and brittle, at which time the pan comes off and left somewhere to cool down with the oil inside.
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    Smoke is good, means the oil is very hot which is what we want.
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    Now the pan can stand till completely cold.
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    The oil is removed and with the rag, buffed till shiny on the insides only, now it will rest till I can do another burn, after which it will be ready.
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    Looking really good Riaan!
    Thank you for posting the step by step process which I am sure many (including myself) can ;earn from.
    I can see that a few beers are needed to smooth the process as does the FIRE.

    I found this on the internet though which i think may fit this case:
    "Watching flames is very relaxing and puts people into a sort of hypnotic trance. It has been proven that staring at fires lowers blood pressure thereby promoting relaxation. It also promotes pro-social behaviors and deep, meaningful conversations often happen alongside fireplaces.
    No wonder many have claimed that they enjoy staring at a fire so much that they feel as if they could do it for the rest of their lives."

    Now add the beer ..... , sorry Riaan - the Captain!
    I think that you may be a pyro ... whatsit ... as in the BTV

    Thank you so much for your efforts with this pan - we are going to have to share a lekker breakfast or brunch on it sometime - maybe at Ithala rustic campsite?
    Sounds good to me.
    Though, I think that in the interest of everyone's continued good health, you should do the cooking - at least for the first time.
    Oh I would provide the beer of course - unfortunately I don't do the Captain. It would also have to be a late breakfast for the beer though.

    I tried making omelette once and found that it was a good substitute for shoe soles. At least i can do a decent braai!!
    SWAMBO does the salads, quiche and fancy bits.

    Following with great interest and anticipation of some skittle recipes for dummies (Like me).

    Actually I think you are just having fun with my pot (NO! Not THAT Pot! - the metal one!) I guess it is more of a pan than a pot, yes.
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    Thanks for the share Mr van Wyk
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