I used the one piece of cast iron I had seasoned yesterday. This method originally comes from a dear friend, Jami. The easiest way is to cook with it. Great! Also, if you end up making a burnt-on catastrophe in your skillet, which has happened to all of us at least once, it may require a harsh scrubbing. Receive the latest Home & Garden Tips by entering your email below: We respect your privacy and take protecting it very seriously. https://traditionalcookingschool.com/2010/03/12/how-to-season-cast-iron/. Let the pan cool. Repeat 5 more times to build up the flax seed oil seasoning to a shiny non-stick-like surface. After it is safe to touch, remove it from the cooking surface, and begin seasoning. I don’t think this was an issue either because I put in a lot of work to ensure that I was able to recreate the same environment as the oven. Hi Wardee, The best way to care for your cast iron cookware is by using it. It was amazing. Also, check out the comments, there is a good deal of helpful information in there. Steel wool is also a good option. Rub the inside of the pan all over with fresh (non-rancid) organic high-lignan flax seed oil. A brand new cast iron pan might say “pre-seasoned” on it and but it’s best to season it yourself before using it. It’s incredibly healthy. I didn’t really want to spend another day with the 6 coatings again. Back in the seventies, when I was young and impressionable, I worked for a wholesale hardware company. This should evaporate any extra drops of water. Appreciate any suggestions. Seasoned and ready to get cooking? When she is not in the kitchen, which is almost never, you can find her doing ceramics or biking. How to Season a Cast-Iron Pan. 3. ), Spontaneously Fermented Sparkling Apple Cider {fall’s easiest ferment! flaxoil… And, it never hurts to take the added precaution. You can season the those two spots individually or just start over, what ever you are inclined to do. Then place the pan back on the still warm burner and wipe dry with a paper towel. Such a blessing and a joy to cook in! I was wondering if this is enough to overcome the grittiness of the cast iron finish that comes with today’s pans? Turn off the oven and let the pan cool. You’ll also find info on other oils and their smoke points in that post. Many people that will tell you that soap and water will destroy a cast iron pan. Be generous with the fat. Included in the unbelievable array of stuff that our customers might want for his or her retail hardware store was cast iron cookware.We sold Griswold, Lodge, and at least one other brand, in every possible configuration from single egg fry pans to dutch ovens big enough to wash the dog in. It will be a fair amount of work, possibly difficult to justify. Place the cast iron pan upside down on the foil. It did take me a few tries to get the hang of cooking with cast iron. If it's the typical seasoning that's built up over time by not washing off cooking oils, then yes, soap could take that off. Pour a few tablespoons of oil in the pan, and spread in and around the edge of the pan. Remove it with some elbow grease or use the self-cleaning function of your oven. For example, after you clean an iron grill after cooking something that is messy like barbeque, some of the seasoning may come off during the cleaning process. 1. And keep in mind that if your pan doesn't have built on gunk, you don't have to strip it completely. Also ensure the oven is clean because if it’s not, that contributes to what is smoking. Follow these tips that will help your cast iron last forever. Seasoning happens when you first purchase your cast iron pan, then subsequent times after repeated uses. Some of these tips will also work for cleaning and seasoning other types of cast iron items, too. Definitely going to put a coat or two on my most used pan this weekend. What is the best way to season a cast-iron skillet? ~Peggy, TCS Customer Success Team. I have a pan from De Buyer brand and this one is really good and has smooth surface. We only recommend products and services we wholeheartedly endorse. For stuck-on food, add some sea salt to the pan to gently scrub away food particles. I prefer to do mine outside over an open fire or the grill. They are as smooth as can be. . I think a few times I preheated the pan on the stove instead of in the oven, but I would think that shouldn’t have made a difference. If I am worried about this is there another oil that would work as well as flax? All cast iron cookware should be seasoned before the first use, with regular re-seasoning afterward. No rust, ever! Just not sure as I have pcos so estrogen just isnt good. Seasoning cast iron in the oven is simple, and cleaning it is just as easy. I finally purchased a stargazer for an amazing price with a special they were holding. This just boosts the non-stick tendencies of well-seasoned cast iron. These skillets last much longer than ordinary cookware and can work in both the oven and on the stove.