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Seasoning Your Cast Iron Pan

Updated on August 7, 2011

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan

You should season your Cast Iron Pan after every use.

You can easily season your Cast Iron Pan by following the steps below.

Before Seasoning the pan make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned the pan by following these Cast Iron Pan Cleaning Instruction.

Step 1 - Coat the Pan

Coat the pan in your choice of Oil or Fat. This includes Crisco, Lard, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Corn Oil and Vegitable Oil.

Make sure to coat the outside of the pan as well, not just the cooking surface.

Step 2 - Turn Up The Heat

Set the oven for 550. You will need the oven to be very hot. Beware as the pan will and should smoke during the seasoning process.

Step 3 - Place The Pan In The Oven

Place the Pan in the oven upside down. If you place the pan in with the cooking side up, the oil or fat will gather in one area and you will end up with a sticky mess when you are all done.

Step 4 - Cool and Apply Another Coat

Once the pan has been in for about 45 minutes turn the heat off and allow the pan to start cooling.

After cooling for about 15 minutes, while the pan is still warm, apply another thin coating of the oil or fat to the pan.


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