How to season a cast iron pan by Rich Fletcher

Give your pans a good wash

Give your pans a good wash

Love my cast iron cookware 🙂 I have quite a collection going with several sizes of skillets , a flat plate , and a even a few enamelled ones.  I was recently given 3 more skillets , small medium and large sizes …  all brand new , and need of seasoning .

Its a very easy skill to learn , and comes in very handy , as its the same method to re-season an old pan , or one that was forgotten and rusted up  .

Dry....add oil

Dry….add oil

All that is required , other than the cast iron pans them selves is :

  • Steel or Copper Scrub
  • Dish Soap ( the only time your cast should ever see it ! )
  • Hot Water
  • Towel
  • Hot Oven

Start by giving your pans a good wash, with hot soapy water , and a metal scrub – This is to remove the oil it was shipped in , and /or  to remove a rusty spot.

After washing , dry the pan well… you can pop it in the oven , or just give it a good towel dry ,  add a good splash of  high temp oil , or lard ,  I used sunflower .

Rub oil all over pan

Rub oil all over pan

Rub the oil , all around the pan ,  including the handle and the bottom…  try not to have any puddles of oil .

Pop it into a 350F oven for at least 1 hour , longer is just fine …  make sure to turn on your fan , and maybe open a window:) It will smoke !   After the cook time ,  I simply left them in the oven to cool on their own .

That is it!! Its that easy 🙂 Your cast iron pan is now ready for use,  just remember to rub a little oil into after each use… eventually , you will have a glossy black pan , that will rival the best non stick pan .Good luck, and enjoy !  Well taken care of cast iron pans can last for generations !
Pop it in the oven

Pop it in the oven

Editors Note:  Posted 22nd January by  in Rich Fletcher’s Good Food and Photography  thank you Rich for the contribution!  Please visit Rich’s site and spend some time with his gorgeous photography.  Please visit Rich on Facebook

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