We’ve talked about how to season cast iron pots and pans before, but I think it’s something a lot of people find confusing or hard when in reality, it’s a very simple process!
Cast iron cookware has been handed down for generations, hailed as the greatest cookware on the planet and it’s pretty to boot! However, a lot of people end up frustrated with theirs and hardly ever use it. The food sticks, the pan turns black, or they find it hard to clean. Some people even complain that it rusts.
I was raised cooking with cast iron and am very fortunate to have a mother who taught me how to properly care for my cookware (all kinds, not just cast iron!) so that I can enjoy mine daily. I have this Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker, 10.25″ set and I use these two pieces of cookware more than all my other cookware combined.
I do everything but steam veggies and boil pasta in it! I’ve been known to use them in the oven to roast vegetables, bake bread or corn bread, simmer beans on the stove and make scrambled eggs for breakfast. When we go camping I pack them up and take them with me.
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First, a few cast iron cookware myths…
- Cast iron is only for cooking outdoors. Wrong!
- Food sticks to cast iron. Not if cared for properly.
- Once cast iron is rusted, it’s ruined. Just not so!
- You can’t use cast iron on a flat top stove. I do it daily.
And now, some tips for properly caring for your cast iron cookware.
Here’s How to Season Cast Iron Cookware
Brand new cast iron pans are usually a gun metal color. You can buy pre-seasoned cast iron, but it still won’t be as black, stick-free and fabulous as a cast iron pan that’s been properly seasoned and used. I stress ‘used’ here because that is the very best method I know of seasoning cast iron. My favorite way is over a camp fire, but daily use on the kitchen stove has rendered me a few good skillets!
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To begin, lightly oil your cookware. Use a paper towel to get the oil all over the surface, inside and out. ‘Bake’ in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. You’ll want to do this a few times before using your brand new cookware and you can repeat it later on if you feel your pans have lost their seasoning or you’re restoring a rusted pan.
A well seasoned pan should be black. Shiny, black and beautiful!
Continue to Page 2: Do You Know How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware? and How to Care for Your Cast Iron