how to season a cast iron skillet

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    How To Season Cast Iron Pans and Cast Iron Skillets:

    Definition of Seasoning: To season a cast iron pan means to create a slick and glassy coating by baking on multiple thin coats of oil. This will protect the cast iron pan from getting rusted and makes for a non-stick cooking surface.

    You season a cast iron pan by rubbing it with a relatively thin coat of neutral food-grade oil (I stress a light coat of oil). Rub the oil off with paper towels or a cotton cloth. The pan will look like there is no oil left on the surface, but there is as the oil is just very thin (the pan will look dry, not glistening with oil).

    NOTE: Use vegetable oils (canola, sunflower, etc.), shortening (like Crisco shortening) or lard for seasoning your cast iron pans. I recently experimented and found out that food-grade coconut oil/butter also works great.

    I'd like to add in, have the skillet warm, not hot, warm (lowest setting on your stove) while you are seasoning it. This helps the iron to absorb the oil and it will maintain the "slickness" long. Never wash the skillet in soapy water as this will remove all the work you put into seasoning it. Rather do the same as above. Have the skillet warn and with a cloth or paper towel with your choice of oil, wipe the skillet clean.

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