Can steel be cured like cast iron for cooking?

Can a typical (I suppose moderate carbon) cast steel be cured like cast
iron for cooking?
Might some kind of pre-treatment like sand blasting or an acid pickle
help?
Dave
Reply to
dmartin
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Dave:
The process is more commonly called seasoning. See, for example,
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where it is suggested that a cleaned pan should be treated with peanut oil. (My copy of Charmaine Solomon's WOK COOKBOOK also suggests this for a rolled steel wok). This can most tastily be done by frying up a batch of potatoes (French fries or chips).
Pittsburgh Pete
Reply to
metalengr
Seasoning the frying pan seems suspiciously like enriching the surface layer with carbon.
Reply to
Gregory L. Hansen
Thanks guys, mostly I was concerned about adherence.
If high carbon cast iron is really what's used for cookware* the adherence of the pyrolized seasoning layer to the graphite at grain boundaries and the roughness of the microstructure might give adherence that isn't obtainable with steel.
Dave
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I wonder if "Cast Iron" cookware is really high carbon iron these days. The thermal conductivity of lower carbon iron would be better for cooking. Pure iron would be best if it can be kept from oxidizing.
Reply to
dmartin
Looks to me like it doesn't matter what iron/steel you use: degrease very thorughly, roughening not essential. Wipe with (food grade)oil. Now heat very, very hot, while continuing to wipe with oil: Seasoning develops. Its only a carbon layer.
Steve
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Steve Taylor

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