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How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

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!

So how do you season a cast iron skillet?

It’s actually very simple!

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!

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Catie @ Catie's Corner

Saturday 1st of December 2012

Thanks for sharing! I don't have a cast iron skillet, but want to get one and I would have had no clue how to season it. I just pinned this for future reference. =)

Have a great weekend!

~ Catie


Saturday 1st of December 2012

My husband uses an iron skillet to make the best steaks. He puts the oven on 500, oils the pan (in an oil that takes a lot of heat), and once it's heated up grills them for just a couple minutes on each side. They taste awesome. The only problem is that most oven mits can't take 500 I got him this:

(Not trying to spam you...but just offering it up as something you could add to the post if you wanted, with your own amazon referral ID of course). :-)

Also, another thing I do is I use salt as a scrubber to get the gunk off the pan...doesn't hurt the "patina" and works great. You can just pour it on and it will soak out some of the excess grease if you want it to.

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