There’s an unlikely new Reddit star: a user named fatmummy222 who became perhaps the most famous cast iron skillet in history after annealing, glazing, and heating the same skillet 80 times until it shimmered like a portal to another dimension.
The user posted the epic experiment on the subreddit r/castiron and it quickly became the most popular story of all time on the recognized niche forum, surpassing a photo of a refrigerator bulging with eggs.
Seasoning a skillet is an esoteric skill practiced by hardworking professional chefs and home cooks. It has nothing to do with salt and pepper, but rather with heating the fat in the pan, which binds to the metal in a process called polymerization.
Practically speaking, it allows you to fry your breakfast without sticking. It stinks and dirty work too, so I can’t imagine how fatmummy222’s house smells right now.
You’d normally perform this ritual once or twice to achieve a nice smooth surface but Fatmummy222 repeat the task over and over until the usually speckled face has the sheen of polished marble. The eggs cracked on it now glide across the surface like little ice skaters, a strangely beautiful sight.
So far this post titled “I’m in 80 coats right now. Don’t do it guys. This is just for clout and ‘science’. Also to make random strangers on the internet preposterously crazy” has amassed over 50,000 Reddit points – the equivalent of likes – with more than 4,000 people commenting.
“If you season it 30 more times, it becomes a window to a parallel universe,” said one user when the pan had 30 layers of seasoning in it.
Another called Weekly_Resource_102 said: “A trillion different facts become folded upon each other like thin sheets of metal forming a single blade.”
Other users pretended to mock the project, like m0nkeyh0use, who tweeted, “I think Big Pan is involved somehow. And the Illuminati, of course.”
Hopefully now fatmummy222 will see the project through 100 layers, leading to the end of everything as we know it.