Ok...here it is. It's a Pinterest fail.
Though, to be fair - and honest - it's probably not so much the pin that failed me as much as it is we have sucked UP caring for this cast iron pan. It's probably my fault entirely. So look at this post as a cry for help. Please.
Several years ago, my husband convinced me to cook with cast iron. I've been afraid of using them, because they seem to require so much care. Just give me a pan I can toss in the dishwasher, and I'm good. But - it seemed like a better option than the non stick pans who contain who knows what, and they've been around for a million years, AND I'm in the South so...when in Rome...you know how that goes.
It's been a good run with these pans for a few years. There was a small learning curve for me, but I got it down and we've kept them nice and well seasoned. And then, suddenly, they started to NOT be so well seasoned. I tried curing them, and that seemed to help - but after a high heat round of stir fry the other night, I fear this pan will never be the same. Can you see the layer of gunk on it? It won't come off.
Enter this pin that I had saved from my Tips board on Pinterest. It comes from In This Crazy Life via Martha Stewart.