How To Season A Cast Iron Pan
- Wash the skillet with warm, soapy water (dishwashing liquid) and use a stiff nylon brush to thoroughly scrub the pan both inside and out. If the pan is rusty, then use steel wool to scrub until the rust is removed. If the pan is new, or kept properly seasoned, then scrubbing is not really necessary. A warm water rinse and then proper drying should keep your cast iron pan in pretty good shape between seasonings.
- Rinse and then thoroughly dry the pan.
- Apply a layer of vegetable oil to the entire pan. Use a piece of paper towel to apply the oil evenly to both the inside and outside of the pan.
- Place a piece of aluminum foil with the edges turned upward on the bottom rack inside your oven.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the pan upside down on the top rack of the oven, above the aluminum foil.
- Bake the pan for 1 hour. The oil will drip down and seal into the pan.
- Turn off the oven and allow the pan to remain inside the oven for another hour.
- Remove the newly seasoned pan from the oven with a potholder and store it in a dry place, uncovered.
Replacing A Cast Iron Pan
If you need a new cast iron pan, although to be honest we have never seen a cast iron pan that a good re-seasoning won’t fix, here is a quality pan to purchase. Look for “made in the USA” to get a cast iron skillet that you won’t ever want to give up.