How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet
Cast-iron cookware should be seasoned before the first use and periodically throughout its lifetime.
(Photo credit: Jonathan Parrish)
Here in the South, a good cast iron skillet will never go out of style. Before using a new skillet, follow these steps to season it.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash the skillet in warm soapy water to remove manufacturing residue.
- Use a paper towel to apply a thin layer of vegetable shortening to both the inside and the outside of the pan.
- Place the skillet upside down in the oven.
- Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the pan to catch drips.
- Bake for an hour.
- Turn off the oven.
- Allow the skillet to cool in the oven before removing.
- Repeat this process 3-4 times and you will have a well-seasoned pan!
(Video credit: Jonathan Parrish)
For more cast iron tips and tricks, check out the 1-2-3 method from Michigan State University Extension!
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