Removing wooden handles from cast iron cookware

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decorum

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Wipe the saucepan with oil, line the base with some of the cheap tan coloured silicon sheeting stuff and bake bread/bannock/damper in it.
It'll slowly season it and the bread will come out easily because of the silicon sheet.
Thought I'd already asked, seems I forgot or otherwise messed up ... :eek: Is that trick suitable for the hob? I know it'd work in the oven ... but I'd need to get that pesky handle off first ... :eek: :rofl:


... I looked out the number for the brand ...


... who is also completely flummoxed but is going to look into it and get back to me ...

Still waiting to hear back from the good folks from R. Welch Design. Although I was given a time frame for getting back to me (which is close to ending) the nice lady had told me the person they'd need to get in contact with wouldn't be back in until Monday / Tuesday.
 

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It works fine on the hob, Phil :)
It's how I do mine. I hate the burned stink in the house of the oiled pan roasting in the oven, so I just use it, to season it.

M
 

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It works fine on the hob, Phil :)
It's how I do mine. I hate the burned stink in the house of the oiled pan roasting in the oven, so I just use it, to season it.

M

:cool: I'd not considered baking on the hob ~ to be honest I didn't think it possible, direct heat and all that :eek: :thankyou:

It stinks in our oven as well but I've discovered that our combi-nuker is brilliant* for the role ~ providing the handle comes away ... :D


* Where brilliant equals almost smell free ~ and I know it's smoke free because, even with the windows and doors shut, herself doesn't get flattened by it :approve: :bigok: .
 

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:11doh: :eek:

Had a call back (... at the start of the week ... :eek: ) and the upshot is that the handle's not designed to come away from the main body ~ daft design to my eyes, but there you go :D

As they don't really need to come off at this time I guess they'll stay put ... for the time being ;) .
 

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Aye, well, you're kind of stuck with that then.
Shame really, it's quite handy when the end ring thing unscrews and lets the wood be removed. Very practical; obviously something didn't think things through properly.

Stove top cooking is your option it seems :)

M
 

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It would seem so wouldn't it ... for the moment anyway :D (says he who has reasonable access to some nice playthings which could modify the handle mannerism ;) )

Having a removable wooden handle with an end screw makes for much easier use and, to an extent, is more usable than a metal handle :yikes: . It certainly helps to be able to replace a handle rather than scrap the lot due to it being damaged or in disrepair :(

I've found that CI is certainly more usable for sorting the gooey bits of making flapjack than most of my more 'modern' pans :eek:

I'm still waiting to find an Aebleskiver pan :) ~ I don't need one, I don't .... and with the mind to multiple roles, I wonder how similar they are to Takoyaki pans :dunno: :thinkerg:
 

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Those are rolypoly's ....easy to make in the oven in an ordinary bun tin. Put the heat on the oven to do top and bottom and you'll make them easily without having to turn them.

I've made them for my boys since they were toddlers :) quick breakfast, or afternoon tea type snack.

You can make them savoury too if you miss out the sugar, add a little grated apple and some good cheddar, or make them with onion and curry spices to make pakora type balls.

I make idli and the idli steamer trays make round (well, flying saucer type shape) little rice cakes like that too :)

cheers,
Mary
 

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Put the heat on the oven to do top and bottom and you'll make them easily without having to turn them.
Stoopid Q time ... how do they ball if they're not turned? :confused:

Worth a play for the experience, an oven's fine at home but I was angling to use it on camp too ~ so more likely stove top, possibly embers.
 

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The bun tin forms a round base, and the batter rises to form the top :)
Maybe not perfectly round, but pretty ball like. Rolypoly's :D
Just use the magic mix and they're done from start to finish in under 25 minutes.

100g SR flour (or whatever kind of flour you prefer, wholemeal, half meal...)
100g soft margarine (or really warm soft and beatupable butter)
100g sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 level tspfull of baking powder.
2 desertspoonsfull of either milk, or fruit juice.
If you like vanilla essence, add some, or grated nutmeg, or cinnamon.

This is the usual quantity, but it halves very well and neatly.

Put it all in a bowl and beat really, really, well with a either a good wooden spoon or a whisk.
Grease the bun tins and spoon in the batter.
Bake for ....well, usually about 15 minutes or so, at 170/180C depending on your oven. Aga/Rayburn, etc., need sommat esoteric done with flues to get them cooked through. I'm presupposing that owners know their ovens.

The flour mix is easily adjusted to accomodate bournville or even horlicks :)
If you want chocolate chips in the centre and not spread through out, just put a tspoonful worth into the middle of the batter. It swells up and surrounds the chocolate.
Jam's inclined to boil and make a mess :(
My two like sultanas in them; the Uncle likes grated stem ginger in his.

Dead simple, one bowl wonder baking :D

M
 

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Is it likely to be a screw fit on the handle seeing as there doesn't seem to be any kind of indexing for screwing it on in the first place?? My money would be on a push fit rivet style of attachment I think. Not that that helps you at all, sorry. Though when it comes to it, and you absolutely have to take the handle off, my first option would be to grind a slot in the end cap to give you purchase to try unscrewing it.
 

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The bun tin forms a round base, and the batter rises to form the top :)
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Dead simple, one bowl wonder baking :D
Ah, secret's in the mixture :D

I'll have to try that :thankyou::notworthy

Is it likely to be a screw fit on the handle seeing as there doesn't seem to be any kind of indexing for screwing it on in the first place?? My money would be on a push fit rivet style of attachment I think. Not that that helps you at all, sorry. Though when it comes to it, and you absolutely have to take the handle off, my first option would be to grind a slot in the end cap to give you purchase to try unscrewing it.
Definitely not screwed together ~ basically there's a metal rod welded* to the main body, the wooden handle slides on over that and then the metal cap is machine forced onto the end.

After the call back from the company I'm pretty sure the only way the wood is coming off is going to be by destructive process. And if I do that then that welded rod is going to get an attitude adjustment to allow a screw hook wooden handle ;)

* welded was how the bod I spoke to described the connection, how it's welded I have no idea.
 
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