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    Rancid oil taste

    Hello all. We purchased a Lodge combo cooker. Everything was fine the first cook.The wife's second cook turned out rancid. Not sure if it was because we stored it with the lid on or not. Anyway, what is the best way to remove the rancid smell/taste from the cookware?

    #2
    Spinaker should be able to help. I would think cleaning, putting in oven at 500*. Let cool and do another seasoning. Leave the lid off.
    Last edited by HawkerXP; January 26, 2020, 05:39 PM.

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    • Karon Adams
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      yup. cook off any trace of the bad oil and lay down another layer of carbon ATST

    #3
    I would burn off and reseason. When storing Dutch ovens and lided black iron, I always make sure they are dry, and fold up some newspaper and put that strip under one side of the lid. It keeps it cracked a bit. Did you put it away with wet oil or water on it?

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      #4
      Wash it and then then season it again in the oven. I go to 425 degrees for an hour then let it cool in the oven.

      I use the little clips that came with the oven to give them some air flow. I'm sure you could use pretty much anything to prop the lid open a bit.

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        #5
        When I use cast iron that has been sitting for a long time and smells a little rancid I go ahead and scrub it with hot water, heat it on the stove to dry, and re-oil it. Usually helps. I store my cast iron Dutch ovens with a paper towel inside, the lid cracked, and I make sure to wipe all excess oil out before storing them. There will be enough oil left on the surface to protect it.
        Last edited by 58limited; January 26, 2020, 07:33 PM.

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          #6
          I wouldn’t heat it until the smell is out. Don’t be afraid to use soap n water. Let it dry and smell. If it’s ok wash it again dry it the reseason.

          thats just me though. I’m no expert. I just would heat something that rancid.

          If it’s oil you likely broke the molecular bonds of that oil which caused the rancidity v normal spoilage. reheating seems like asking for more trouble.

          again I am armed with Guesswork and not facts.

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            #7
            I'm not an expert,but do use cast iron regularly. I'd wash it with Dawn liquid, dry with paper towels,then set it on the stove at medium heat until I was sure it was dry. At that point you can add the oil of your choice and cook. When I get ready to store a piece I like to use a saturated fat like lard to lightly cover it after the drying process. Saturated fats are much more stable and less likely to go rancid.

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              #8
              I would burn it out. It was probably stored with too much oil on the surface. Also, make sure to store the parts separately. Storing with the lid on can cause these issues. Baking it out will get rid of it.

              After baking, wipe it clean add some oil and wipe it down. Then take a clean rag and wipe it again. Don't worry there will still be a thin layer of oil on the iron. That is all you need.

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              • texastweeter
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                Spinaker and that boys and girls is what we call polymerization.

              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                You would be punctilious in assuming that. -Roy E. Munson texastweeter

              • Rod
                Rod commented
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                Spinaker That did the trick. Thanks!

              #9
              Thanks everyone for your responses. Can always count on The Pit!

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                #10
                Glad I read this post. As I’ve been storing my dutch oven with the lid on. It’s coming off asap.

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                • Spinaker
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                  As long as you don't have an excess amount of oil, you are fine.

                • FireMan
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                  An cooties, always check fer cooties!

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