SSeasoning cast iron is a crucial process that every cast iron pan owner should be familiar with. A well-seasoned cast iron pan creates a naturally non-stick surface, making cooking and cleaning a breeze.
In addition, a well-seasoned cast iron pan can also enhance the flavor of your food, adding a unique depth that can’t be replicated with other cookware. In this guide, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of seasoning your cast iron pan to perfection, so you can enjoy its many benefits for years to come.
STEP 1: Preheat your oven
Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
STEP 2: Clean Your Pan
Clean your cast iron pan with hot water and a stiff brush or sponge. Avoid using soap or abrasive cleaning pads, as these can remove the seasoning.
STEP 3: Dry your pan
Dry your pan thoroughly with a clean towel or by placing it on a low heat on your stovetop.
STEP 4: Apply Oil
Apply a thin layer of oil to the surface of the pan. You can use any oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil. Use a paper towel to spread the oil evenly over the entire surface of the pan, including the handle and any ridges or crevices.
STEP 4: Apply Oil
Apply a thin layer of oil to the surface of the pan. You can use any oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil. We have a tub of crisco that only gets used to season the cast iron.
Use a paper towel to spread the oil evenly over the entire surface of the pan, including the handle and any ridges or crevices.
STEP 5: Bake the Pan
Bake the pan: Place the pan upside down in the preheated oven and bake for one hour. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the lower rack to catch any drips.
STEP 5: Cool and store
Turn off the oven and allow the pan to cool in the oven. Once cool, remove the pan and store it in a dry place.
Time to iron out your recipes!
In conclusion, seasoning your cast iron pan is a simple yet important step that can make a huge difference in your cooking experience. With the right care and attention, your cast iron pan can become a cherished family heirloom that you’ll use and enjoy for years to come.
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