What Is Wrong With My Vintage Cast Iron Skillet?

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Q: I received a 1930's cast iron pan cleaned and ready to use, but it gives off a nasty smell when I use it. Could this be from whatever cleaned it, or from the decades of frying meats and other savories in there? It also gives a very, shall we say, earthy flavor to the meals I make. Any advice?

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Editor: I'd say to give it your own thorough cleaning, and see if that makes a difference:

How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
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Readers, what thoughts do you have?


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