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Everything You Need to Know About Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Seasoning cast iron pans not only adds zest to your cooking, but it also makes it harder for foods to stick to your pan.

To season a cast iron skillet, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Soap and water
  • Cooking Oil (olive or vegetable)
  • Paper Towel or dishcloth
  • Aluminum foil
  • An oven

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. Wash, rinse and dry the pan to ensure it’s clean. (After the pan is properly seasoned, you won’t have to clean it this way again.)

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3. Using a paper towel or dishcloth folded in quarters, soak up about a tablespoon of oil (you may need to use more if you’re using cloth).

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4. Wipe the entire pan, inside and outside, until it is oily and wet looking, but the oil does not puddle or drip. Add more oil to the paper towel as needed. Don’t rub too harshly, you don’t want bits of paper towel or dishcloth fuzz stuck to the pan.

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5. Place the pan upside down on the center rack of the oven, with the aluminum foil on the rack beneath it to catch any drips.

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6. Bake the pan for an hour.

7. Turn off the heat and allow the pan to cool down inside the oven.

8. When you’re done, the pan should be slick, but not sticky. If it’s sticky, bake it for another hour.

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Everything You Need to Know About Seasoning Cast Iron Pans