If you love cooking with cast iron, you need to know the secret to re-seasoning your pots and pans. You will love the results!
Cast Iron is fantastic for cooking as it’s naturally non -stick, very durable and holds the heat well. It’s also versatile as you can start cooking on the cooktop and then move into the oven. You can really heat up the pot on the stove top to sear your meat, turn it down to finish cooking and then bake in the oven without using extra pots. Some of the most popular recipes on our site are made in a skillet and with good reason.
You can even make your own bread in a skillet! Check out the no-knead 4 ingredient skillet bread recipe here – With so much action in the kitchen involving your pots and pans they can look less than loved in no time flat. The best way to get the most out of them is to re-season them regularly.
The best time to clean your cast iron skillet and pots is when they are still warm. You should wash your cast iron skillet by hand, using hot water and a sponge. You can use a stiff brush but do not use steel wool. It will scratch and damage your pots and pans.
If you have food stuck to your pan, use hot water and salt to help dissolve the food. Be sure that you thoroughly dry your skillet after washing. You do not want it to rust. You can pop it on your stove on a low heat or in your oven for 5-15 minutes. When removed it should be completely dry. Now is the time to add a thin layer of oil to your skillet.
You can rub it into your pan with a paper towel. This will re-season your pan and it’s ready for use!
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You’ll be amazed at how well this simple cleaning procedure works and you can use vegetable oil for this process. We have included links in our post to a number of various tutorials so be sure to scroll our page for lots of helpful ideas. We have also included a link to cleaning your cookie sheets with only 2 simple ingredients. That article can be found at the end of the page. Be sure to scroll all the way to see all the ideas.
How To Re-season Cast Iron Video -:
We have found a great video tutorial from Martha Stewart where she shows you the absolute correct process to re-season your cast iron pots and pans.
She scrubs a pair of cast iron skillets, coats them with solid shortening and puts them in an oven to create well-seasoned pans. The video only runs for a couple of minutes so click Play above ⇑
Here is another brilliant tip from the Gardening blog ‘Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden’. They suggest a salt scrub technique: What you do is add a light layer of salt to cover the bottom of your cast iron pot or skillet and then use paper towels to scrub away any food particles that have stuck to the pan. Salt is a natural abrasive and you will get great results using this method. Be sure to discard the soiled salt down via your drain and rinse your pot or pan. Be sure to dry your cookware thoroughly.
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A bit of TLC and as these before and after photos show, you can have pots and pans that look like new. What a great result from ‘I believe I can Fry’
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