Question: What should I look for in vintage cast-iron?

Do old cast iron pans have lead in them?

Do cast iron pans ever contain lead? Answer: Cast iron (any type of iron) has a much higher melting point than lead; accordingly, undecorated, simple cast iron pots and pans – at the time of their manufacture – almost never have any lead (as it is unlikely for the metal itself to contain lead).

Does vinegar harm cast-iron?

Dont fill your cast-iron cookware with wine or vinegar. A splash for sauce or deglazing is OK, but tossing a significant amount straight into the pan undiluted will ruin your cookware, and your health.

Can I soak cast-iron in vinegar?

Mix basic white vinegar with water in equal parts and submerge your pan in it. Use a bucket or plug the sink for really big pans; the entire skillet should be covered with the vinegar mixture. The vinegar will dissolve the rust, but once thats gone, the vinegar will go to town on the original cast surface of the pan.

How can you tell if cast iron has lead?

2:165:40Testing Vintage Cast Iron for Lead with Cotton Swabs - YouTubeYouTube

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