Monday, April 16, 2012

Flea Market Find

I found this little oval cast iron skillet at the flea market on Saturday when we went. I really don't use cast iron a lot but this pan just appealed to me. It only cost me $4. It is quite shallow and looks rather large in this picture but it isn't. I believe it might cook two pancakes side by side but it would still be a tight squeeze. I don't know if the pan is old or new, seasoned or not. I like it though and believe I will actually use it. 
I also got a wooden bucket at the flea market. The bottom has a thin crack but I think it will still be pretty holding a plant. 
We only have a small flea market here but these days it is cheaper than the thrift store so we try to get to it at least every couple weeks.

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  1. Your cast iron pan is a serving cast iron skillet/plate! I have a set of four of those. I adore cast iron, its about all I cook or bake in. Your plate/skillet is used to serve hot dishes like fajitas ... they have wood trivets that are oval shaped that fit that skillet/plate so you can sit it on the table hot in the wood trivet. I am sure you can fry in that pan just fine though. :O)

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    1. Thanks, I'll have to look it up so I can see what it was originally intended for. I don't even make fajitas.

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  2. Good find, and for only $4 I say SCORE!

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  3. omelet pan!!! yay! great find! :)

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    1. Now it would make a good omelet pan, lol.

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  4. What A great find! I love cast iron and cook mostly in it. I found another day on the flea market a cast iron griddle for a buck, and couldn't turn down this opportunity!

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  5. I assume you realize that using the bucket for a planter dooms it to a short life. If it doesn't rot from the inside, it will from the outside (on the bottom).

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    1. I apparently wasn't clear enough on this. I don't intend to plant right in the bucket. I intend to put a potted plant into it. I also don't intend to put it outside, so I assume my bucket will be safe :)

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  6. I've got a little skillet like that, It was a wedding gift many, many years ago. It was part of a fajita set and came with a little wooden tray for it to nest into on the table. I've found it works great for eggs. Nice find!!
    Judy

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  7. I believe what you have there is a cast iron crepe pan. I LOVE cooking with cast iron. Because you don't know if it is seasoned or not, I would season it as if it hadn't been. You should use lard and not shortening to do this as shortening will cause it to be sticky. I'd give it a good scrub with hot water first and then coat it with fat and put it upside down in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour with a piece of tin foil under it to catch the melted fat. You can do this a few times to build up the coating and then NEVER wash it with soap, just hot water. I'd love to find one like this too! My cast iron collection needs one!

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    1. Thanks for the instructions. I haven't seasoned cast iron before and I had been trying to look up how to do it. I like your method.

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  8. Great find! Looks like it might be for making tortillas? Very neat!
    -Jaime

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  9. I love flea markets, I go to trash and treasure locally whenever I can. Fabulous find - looks like a great size for making flatbreads.

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  10. Great looking skillet :)
    I have a larger, circular one which I use for pancakes and searing steaks.
    You're going to have a lot of fun cooking on it.
    Carolyn

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  11. I've got a cast iron skillet like that which is round and 12" in diameter. I make one big pancake in it at a time. I love my skillet though. I use it for tortillas too. And pan bread.

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  12. That was definitely a great find.....it looks like my memere's crepe skillet but, certainly I can think of many other things to do with it. We like our muffins split and grilled This would be perfect as we currently can only grill 2 muffins at a time. Cast iron is perfect for the chore.Seasoning happens over a long period of constant use. Starting it in the oven on low is the right way to get it on track.

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  13. Love your find - cast iron is brilliant to cook in :)

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  14. Good going Becky, great find and great price.

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