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How to properly season your cast iron pan to make cooking easy

February 16, 2016

How to properly season your cast iron pan to make cooking easy

Purchasing your first cast iron pot/pan is an exciting thing as you think about all the incredible dishes you’ll be able to make in it. However, there is a bit of care that needs to be put into your new purchase before you start using it and that is called seasoning.

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How to season your cast iron

Why is Seasoning Important?

When you first bring home your new cast iron skillet or pot it isn’t yet non-stick. This means if you start to cook with it right away, your food will be stuck all over the bottom of it. Seasoning it actually creates a coating that will then transform your cast iron skillet into a non-stick one, ready for delicious foods to be added to it. As you cook over time this seasoning starts to take on flavoring and aroma, which will add to the depth of flavor in the meals you’re creating.

You’ll want to do this before that first initial cook, and from there it’s suggested you season the pan about every four to five times you use it, just to keep the food from starting to stick to it.

How to Season

Not to worry, there is nothing intimidating about the seasoning process. You’ll need some sort of fat or lard (bacon fat, corn oil, or cooking fat), and then brush it evenly on the pan. You can also use a paper towel to apply the oil onto the pan. You don’t need a thick layer because you don’t actually want it going rancid while the pan is stored. Just an even thin coating is perfect. If your skillet comes with a lid, be sure to do the lid as well.

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How to season your cast iron

Preheat your oven to 300ºF. Next place a disposable foil roaster or a piece of tin foil on the lowest rack of your oven, and place the cast iron skillet in the oven upside down. If there is a lid, leave the lid on for this process. You then need to let the skillet cook in there for one to one and a half hours. At that point turn off the oven, but leave the skillet in there. Don’t remove the skillet until the oven is room temperature.

Get Cooking

Now that you have seasoned your cast iron skillet you’re ready to enjoy it and start cooking. Just remember to keep it up as suggested. If you’re finding it is sticking before you get to that fourth use, you may need to season it more often.

Seasoned Cast Iron Pan

There are very few companies on the market that sell pre-seasoned cast iron pan or skillet. These pans or skillets are described as Factory-Seasoned Cast Iron. No initial seasoning is required after purchase but it is recommended to keep seasoning your factory-seasoned cast iron. There are many ways to do so. Here are a few Seasoning Tips from the Folks at Lodge

  • Make your first meal. Anything will do, but frying up a little bit of bacon gives the factory seasoning even more extra oils.
  • Maximize your seasoning. Meats especially enhance seasoning.
  • Maintain the seasoning. Rub olive oil all over the cookware prior to cooking. After cleaning, rub oil all over the cookware, then place on a stove burner or in the oven at a low temperature, which allows the oils to seep in.

Another great example is Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet. It has durable black enamel finish that requires no seasoning, and is designed for higher surface temperature cooking

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Factory seasoned cast iron skillet

A factory pre-season cast iron is more costly than a non-seasoning cast iron pan. If you can afford the pre-seasoned pan, you have made a great investment as many of these manufacturers offer warranties.





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