How to season your cast iron skillet
Cast iron is ideal for cooking – it distributes heat evenly and its weight and sturdiness resist burning. Treated with the proper care, your cast iron will have the same properties as non-stick cookware, and it can last almost forever – pass it down from generation to generation to generation. The best part – it’s not difficult at all to treat your cast iron correctly – just a few simple steps.
- Wash the skillet in hot, soapy water and dry it thoroughly
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
- Cover the inside and outside of the skillet, including the handle, with vegetable oil; be sure to cover the entire surface
- Place the skillet upside down in the oven (place a cookie sheet or something similar below the skillet to catch any drips)
- Leave the skillet in the hot oven for about an hour
- After an hour, turn the oven off, but leave the skillet in the oven until it cools completely
- Remove the skillet and you’re good to go!
During this process the oil cooks into the skillet, which makes it difficult for food to stick. And the more you use your pan, the more flavor will be infused into your food. Once the pan is seasoned properly it will look black and charred. You will probably need to season, or re-season, your cast iron several times.
Remember that your cast iron cookware can NOT be put into the dishwasher. You must wash cast iron by hand and completely dry it right away to prevent it from rusting or pitting.