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