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How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

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Whether or not you’re a seasoned user and need some help or if you’re new to the cast iron cooking world and you want to learn how to season a cast-iron skillet, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! If you own a cast-iron skillet, then you already understand one of the most important things about owning one is to keep it seasoned.

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Key Steps in Keeping in your Cast Iron Seasoned

When I first started cooking with cast iron, I found it a bit intimidating. Not only did I ruin the food, but I didn’t keep it properly prepared, and I allowed it to get rusty.

But now that I understand what I’m doing, my collection has grown, and my skillets are all pretty well seasoned too. I think it’s honestly the best stuff to cook on. The meat sears beautifully, food gets hot, and if you have never had cornbread in a cast-iron skillet then you do not know what you are missing!

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How to Season a New Cast Iron Pan

If you have a new pan that wasn’t seasoned from the manufacturer, here are the steps that you need to follow, according to Good Housekeeping. 

Step 1: Wash your new cookware with hot, soapy water. 

Step 2: Thoroughly dry your pan. 

Step 3: Soak a cloth in vegetable oil and rub the complete surface of the skillet (top, sides, and bottom).

Step 4: Turn your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 5: Heat the pan upside down for one hour. Turn off the oven and let the cast iron cool down completely inside of the oven. Do NOT remove it until it has completely cooled down. 

How Often Will I Have to Reseason It?

Honestly, you may never need to. That’s the great thing about cast. There are people who have been cooking on the same skillets for 20, 30 years who have never reasoned their skillets because each time they cook on it, it just keeps building up the seasoning on it. 

What Does “Well-Seasoned” Mean?

If your pan has been well-seasoned, all it means is that it will have a finish that is somewhat glossy and dark. However, it won’t be sticky or have splotches of grease, dry or dull patches, nor will it have any rust.

Can I Put it in the Dishwasher?

No, never put any cast iron cookware into the dishwasher.

What Is the Best Oil to Season Cast Iron With?

From what I have seen online, as well as what Good Housekeeping and Lodge have both said, it’s best to use good old-fashioned vegetable oil. One of the great reasons for using this is because you probably already have it in your pantry, it’s not an animal fat that may go rancid if you don’t use it in a while, and it’s cost-effective. 

Steps to Properly Clean a Cast-Iron Pan

According to Good Housekeeping’s newest book, “Home Skills: 850 Who-Knew Life Tricks”, “this durable cookware can last a lifetime”, however, it “can’t be soaked, put in the dishwasher or scrubbed with scouring pads”. 

Step 1: Let the pan cool down completely. 

Step 2: Pour out any of the drippings. 

Step 3: Wash it lightly with a stiff bristled brush and a light mild soap. 

Step 4: Wipe dry. 

Step 5: Turn the burner on and let the pan set for 30 seconds OR until the pan is dry. 

Step 6: Turn off the heat, remove the pan from the heat, and rub a few drops of vegetable oil onto the inside of the pan using a paper towel. 

Step 7: Once the pan has cooled, store it with a new paper towel on the surface. 

Is Cast Iron Good for Braising?

Yes! As a matter of fact, they are! Since you can sear your protein right in the skillet then put it straight into the oven, it’s really a 2 for the price of 1 skillet. 

What is your favorite thing to make in cast iron OR your favorite life hack? Leave a comment below.

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