Seasoning a cast iron skillet is a MUST if you plan on cooking with it! Have you ever tried to cook with a cast iron skillet that hasn’t been seasoned? Yeah, everything just sticks to it and it’s a pain in the arse to clean!
All you need is 1 cup of Crisco shortening!
Set your oven on low (200-250 degrees), place the Crisco in your skillet, let it melt, swirl it around to cover all of the inside of the skillet and let it bake 8-10 hours. You will need to re-swirl the Crisco around to recoat the inside of the skillet every hour or so.
Then, NEVER wash it. Well, I mean you can wash the crud off of it when you use it BUT don’t use soap or dish detergent. Just rinse it and scrub brush it if you must. Make sure that it dries completely!
Don’t worry, it’s sanitary because cast iron gets so HOT it burns off any germs and sanitizes itself.
A properly seasoned cast iron frying pan is the key to making certain skillet recipes…. like the Southern Skillet Cornbread I’ll be sharing tomorrow!