Its a very easy skill to learn , and comes in very handy , as its the same method to re-season an old pan , or one that was forgotten and rusted up .
All that is required , other than the cast iron pans them selves is :
- Steel or Copper Scrub
- Dish Soap ( the only time your cast should ever see it ! )
- Hot Water
- Hot Oven
|Start by giving your pans a good wash, with hot soapy water , and a metal scrub - This is to remove the oil it was shipped in , and /or to remove a rusty spot.|
|After washing , dry the pan well... you can pop it in the oven , or just give it a good towel dry , add a good splash of high temp oil , or lard , I used sunflower .|
|Rub the oil , all around the pan , including the handle and the bottom... try not to have any puddles of oil .|
|Pop it into a 350F oven for at least 1 hour , two is best ... longer is just fine ... make sure to turn on your fan , and maybe open a window:) It will smoke ! After the cook time , I simply left them in the oven to cool on their own .|
That is it!! Its that easy :) Your cast iron pan is now ready for use, just remember to rub a little oil into after each use... eventually , you will have a glossy black pan , that will rival the best non stick pan .
Good luck, and enjoy ! Well taken care of cast iron pans can last for generations !