Cast Iron Cooking: Seasoning

I was finally able to unpack a few more kitchen boxes from storage today and found our brand new set of Lodge brand cast iron cookware! We came across an amazing deal a few months ago and just couldn’t pass it up.  A round griddle, small and large skillet and a dutch oven, all for only $65! Amazing. Alas, it is still on sale but not THAT good of a sale. Check it out.

Lodge preseasons all of their cast iron before shipping but it was highly recommended by others to season again before using. I took their advice, and if you have never done so before, here is a step by step on how to season cast iron cookware.

1. Preheat your oven yo 400 degrees.  Unpack your beautiful pieces and marvel at their appearance. Then rinse them in hot water and towel dry.

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2. Choose your oil, Lodge recommends vegetable oil, but you can you ANY oil you wish.  Many people have recently used coconut oil and highly recommend it.

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3. Rub a smooth, even, coating of oil on the pans.

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4. Lay tin foil on the bottom rack of your oven to catch any oil drips.  Place your oiled pans upside down on the middle rack.

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5. Heat for 45 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the pans cool completely in the oven, DO NOT remove them until the pans and the oven are completely cool.  Your iron might crack if this is not done properly.

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6. Now you can use your pan! You may have to season multiple times if you are finding your food is still sticking.

Have you used cast iron before? Have a successful seasoning method?

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