How To Season A Cast-Iron Skillet
You’ll know it’s time to re-season you cast iron skillet if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.
If you have recently inherited a cast-iron skillet, bought one used, or haven’t seasoned your skillet in a while, we will break down how to easily season your trusty pan. All you need is some soap, a sponge, clean towels, and some vegetable oil!
- Scrub your skillet well in hot soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush.
- ** This is only the time that you should use soap to clean your skillet!
- Rinse & dry your pan thoroughly with a dry cloth or paper towels.
- You’ll want your pan to be bone dry prior to adding oil
- Next, spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet
- 1-2 Tbsp of oil is plenty then use a clean cloth to rub the oil around the entire skillet including the outside and bottom.
- Bake the skillet. Place the pan upside down on a middle oven rack at 375°.
- Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips and bake for 1 hour.
- Let the skillet cool. Turn off the heat and allow the skillet to cool in the oven.
Once your cast iron has cooled in the oven, your newly seasoned pan should be shiny and ready for cooking! To make sure you properly care for your cast iron, read this blog.
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