How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet
If you are going to use cast iron, then you need to know a couple of important bits of information.
1. Before you use your new cast iron, wash it with soapy water then season it.
2. Once you have seasoned your pot or pan, NEVER NEVER NEVER use soap on it again.
3. If you buy a used pot or pan and it is dirty, rusty, and gross, put the pan in the sink or a rubber tub, fill it with Coca-Cola, and leave it overnight. I'm serious - Coke will eat through rust...imagine what it does to your innards! Then get a course scrubber and soapy water to get the rust off. Now you can season your pan. I repeat, once you have seasoned your pot or pan, NEVER NEVER NEVER use soap on it again.
4. To clean your seasoned pan after you have cooked in it, boil some water in it then wipe it out or just wipe it out with a cloth or paper towel and season lightly if it needs it.
To Season Your Cast Iron
After your pot has been washed and dried, slather Crisco all over it. I'm talking the underside, the handles, the lid, the whole shebang.
Coat it good until the whole thing is slick.
Lay down a layer of foil in the bottom of your oven or put a cookie sheet with a layer of foil on it on the rack below where you will be placing your pot.
Turn the oven on low heat for 5 hours or so and place the pot on a rack above the foil.
Cut the oven off and just leave the pot in there until morning.
Wake up and cook breakfast in your newly naturally (as natural as Crisco can be) non-stick cookware.
This is Wastutesy's way of seasoning cast iron and since that is all she uses, she knows what she is talking about.
This is part of Works for Me Wednesday.