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Seasoning Cast Iron: Expert Advice

By Stacy Fraser, July 15, 2014 - 1:31pm

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Seasoning Cast Iron: Expert Advice

A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is virtually nonstick, so it’s worth taking the time to season (or re­season) correctly. If you have a new skillet or an old one you want to rehab, the method is the same:

  • • Cover the bottom of the pan with a thick layer of kosher salt.
  • • Add about half an inch of oil and place over high heat.
  • • When the oil starts to smoke, pour the salt and oil into a heatproof bowl to cool before discarding.
  • • Using a ball of paper towels, rub the inside of the pan until smooth.
  • • When you clean your cast-iron skillet, don’t use soap or a dishwasher. Just scrub it with a stiff brush and hot water and then wipe dry with a towel or set it over low heat until dry.

TAGS: Stacy Fraser, Healthy Cooking Blog, Kitchen tools

Stacy Fraser
Stacy Fraser is Test Kitchen manager at EatingWell. With a background in ecological agriculture and many past growing seasons under her belt, Stacy began her study of food in the field, literally. Before joining the crew at EatingWell, Stacy managed the kitchen of breakfast and lunch hot spot Penny Cluse, in downtown Burlington, Vermont, where she learned how to make simple, delicious food from fresh ingredients.

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