Cleaning
Cowboy cook shares tips on how to fix a sticky cast iron pan
He looks like he knows what he's doing.
Michael Dabu
06.11.21

He was the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma in 1996.

Kent Rollins was born and raised in Hollis, Oklahoma. He started his cooking career when he bought a chuck wagon back in 1993. Soon, he began cooking for ranches and his venture eventually expanded into catering.

His growing popularity propelled him to be awarded by the then governor as the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma of the year 1996.

“Kent has since made numerous television appearances including the Food Network’s highly rated shows, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, where he beat Flay with his chicken fried steak, Chopped Grill Masters, Chopped Redemption and Cutthroat Kitchen champion He also holds an undefeated record on NBC’s Food Fighters and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.”

He is a cook, a cowboy, a personality, and much more.

What’s above all these characteristics is his unique way of giving people a glimpse of yesterday through his vivid stories of cow camps and the cowboy life.

This time, he’s teaching us a simple life hack. In a video uploaded in his YouTube channel Cowboy Kent Rollins, he tells the reasons for having sticky cast irons. Ultimately, he’s also showing people simple tricks in getting rid of them.

Sticky cast irons

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No one wants to use such cooking material, wouldn’t you agree? When it comes to cooking, ingredients shouldn’t be the only ones that are clean but also cooking tools.

Thanks to Kenny, the life-long battle most people have with sticky cast irons has finally reached an end. We know a lot of people have been experiencing the same issue, so we recommend you stick to this article.

Hot enough and not too much oil.

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These are two things Kent reiterated in the video. He points these things out to be among the many reasons why people ended up having sticky cast irons at home.

He says putting too much oil is probably the biggest reason why sticky cast irons exist.

Another reason that’s causing it is people tend to use cast irons even if they’re cold. According to him, cast irons must be hot enough before you use them. It sounds no biggie but let’s admit it, a lot of people are guilty of doing this “crime” in the kitchen.

This is how it’s done, according to Kent.

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Before using your cast iron, first, put it over medium fire to make it hot. To know whether or not it’s hot, you don’t go touching the bottom of the pan, touch its sides instead.

If the sides are already hot then expect the bottom to be hot, it isn’t too technical, is it? Sometimes, the best teachers in life are experience and common sense. Kent here is just showing us a simple remedy.

Now, if by any chance it gets smoking hot, you just simply put off the fire or remove the cast iron from the fire. Again, it’s as simple as that! This cowboy cook isn’t complicating things to anyone.

Now, the comedy part starts.

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To put up a comic stint about the “too much oil”, he goes to show it by exaggerating things – but in a funny way. He goes by having a hot sip from his mug, brushing his teeth, talking to someone on the phone, and flat ironing clothes.

This cowboy is really killing it, this is how you win people’s hearts!

Another way to get rid of the sticky feeling is to make the cast iron hot and giving it a good little scrub. If that trick doesn’t do it, put it in the oven under 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Once the time is up, wipe it good and that should take away all the seasoning or oil residue in it.

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You may also use sea salt to take away the oil, sprinkle a good amount of salt, scrub it, and then rinse it with hot water. It’s that easy!

Viewers online were also amazed by Kent in this video which now has over 1.5 million views.

One commenter wrote:

“I’ve been cooking professionally since 1974 and have owned a half a dozen restaurants. One thing I learned long ago. Listen to people older than you with more wisdom. This guy’s spot on. Thank you sir!”

While another one commented:

“When it comes to Cast Iron listen to Ken. He knows way more than supposed experts. Everything I have ever learned about cast iron is because of this man”

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Simple but effective, that’s what Kent’s tips and tricks are.

Does Kent deserve your while? Check out his video below and be the judge.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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