Good Question: How Do I Clean My Smelly Cast Iron Pan?

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Greetings AT, I just bought a used hackman tools cast iron skillet and despite numerous cleanings, it still produces a plastic/fishy smell. I am not sure if they removed the protective coating before they used it, but i have never had anything cast iron smell so bad. Anyone have any luck cleaning stinky cast iron? If so let me know.

- Thanks, K

Wow, a stinky cast iron pan! We've never come across this in our experience, but here's an idea. Hackman preseasons their pans, but there's no nonstick coating on them. So it won't hurt the pan for you to strip it completely with a heavy piece of steel wool then reseason it. Check out our step-by-step photos and instructions on how to season cast iron.

Any other ideas? Anyone ever faced really stinky cast iron?

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