Manufactured sometime from 1912 to 1940 by the Vollrath Manufacturing company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, this unmarked Vollrath Ware #3 cast iron skillet is rare and in outstanding condition. It has a beautiful dark patina with a smooth cooking surface with some marks from normal use. It sits flat on a glass surface.There are no cracks or pitting. There have been no repairs. Features that are indicative that this unmarked #3 cast iron skillet was manufactured by the Vollrath Manufacturing Company of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The size number at 3 o'clock, oriented sideways. This feature alone tells us with certainty that this is an unmarked Vollrath and not an early unmarked Wagner Ware Sidney -O- cast iron skillet.
The bottom side of the handle is hollowed out and has a long reenforcement rib. Exterior base diameter: 5 1/2. Exterior diameter spout-to-spout: 6 7/8. End of handle to top of pan: 10 1/4. Please look at the pictures carefully.I would be happy to answer your questions. Our restoration procedure is a multi-step process that brings our cast iron cookware to its nearly original condition. We have no idea how the item may have been cared for or how it was seasoned previously, therefore we always remove all seasoning from cast iron cookware no matter how great the item looks. When we start to season a newly restored item, the process starts with bare metal that is in close condition as when the item was manufactured. We never, ever use dangerous chemicals such as oven cleaner or lye in the restoration process.
We don't use power tools to restore our cast iron cookware. Also, we don't restore our cast iron by using the self-cleaning oven method, which could result in warping the item.
We restore all cast iron cookware using the same procedure, whether we intend to sell it, keep for ourselves or give to family and friends. This process results in a fantastic, smooth, shiny finish that will improve over time. There is no need to clean this cast iron skillet.
I only use food-grade products during the restoration process. It is ready for you to start cooking immediately.
I will pack this pan with generous amounts of bubble wrap, recyclable commercial-grade moving paper and heavy duty cardboard within a recyclable reusable corrugated cardboard box. My packing method conforms to the Wagner and Griswold Society (WAGS) guidelines.
We are active members of the Wagner and Griswold Society. We would be delighted to answer any questions and provide more pictures. How To Care For Your Cast Iron Cookware. If there is little or no sticking, I add a little luke-warm water and a drop or two of Dawn liquid detergent and scour with a non-scratch scouring pad like ScotchBrite.Some people would be mortified that I use dish soap. Others think there's no issue. I use it sparingly and have never had a problem. If the pan has a lot of stuff stuck to the cooking surface, I add about 1/2 luke-warm water and let it soften the stuck-on areas. Then I use a Lodge polycarbonate scraper. You should be able to find a two-pack at your grocery store. Then I use the Dawn/ScotchBrite again.
After the pan is thoroughly dry, set a burner on lowest heat and sit the pan on it. Slowly raise the temperature just enough so that the cooking surface is hot to the touch.Once the temperature is reached, turn the burner off. Apply a very thin coat of cooking oil EVOO, grapeseed, Crisco, whatever you use while cooking. Using a paper towel, wipe off the excess oil, otherwise the surface will become sticky. I do this on the cooking surface after every use.
If you use the pan mostly for frying, you can probably skip this step now and then. It just depends on how shiny you want the pan. I do the exterior as needed, usually after 4 or so cooks, depending how hot I cook with it.
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