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How To Properly Season A Cast Iron Skillet

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Cast iron skillets offer excellent heat induction, which make them perfect for frying meats and other food items to perfection. These skillets, however, need a little extra tender loving care when it comes to maintaining them. If you've purchased a new skillet or accidentally stripped the seasoning from an older one, then you'll definitely want to season the skillet before using it. Not doing so will lead to rust developing and then you'll have an even bigger problem.

Fortunately, seasoning a cast iron skillet is a relatively simple process. You'll only need three items: a small amount of lard, a roll of paper towels, and the skillet itself.

If you're starting with a new skillet, then you'll first want to wash it with detergent and water. This is the only time you'll want to use soap to wash a cast iron skillet. The reason is because new pans often come out of the box covered in nasty, industrial type oils that have to be cleaned away for safety purposes. Once a pan is completely stripped of oil and dry, then you can begin the seasoning process.

Begin with preheating the oven to 200 degrees. Take a piece of paper towel, fold it, and then dip it down into the lard. You'll want to rub the lard all over interior and exterior of the pan. Be generous, making sure there is a layer all over the cast iron surface. At the same time, don't overuse it. You should definitely be able to tell that it has been rubbed all over the pan, but it shouldn't look like cake frosting. Note that you don't want to coat the bottom exterior of the pan. This part will be in contact with a cooking surface, and any lard applied to it will start to smoke.

Place the pan in the oven and allow it to stay there for two hours. Yes, that is correct. Two hours. It takes a long time for the oil to cook down into the surface, forming a protective layer. Once the two hours have passed, turn the oven off and allow the pan to cool. This generally will take up to 30-45 minutes. After that, you'll want to remove the pan from the oven. Using another piece of paper towel, wipe away the excess of oil until you have a clean, shiny pan in front of you.

Now, you have a properly seasoned pan. As a reminder, only use warm water or specially designed supplies for cleaning your cast iron skillet in the future. Using a dishwasher or detergent will simply strip away the seasoning and then you'll have to re-season it again for protection.

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