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How do you season a cast iron skillet?

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Cast iron skillets are seasoned by baking oil into the skillet within the oven. Proper maintenance and upkeep with seasoning can extend the lifetime of a cast iron skillet.

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How do you season a cast iron skillet?
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  1. Wash and dry your cast iron

    Cast iron is always washed first and then dried thoroughly, prior to attempting to season a piece. A combination of water with a light amount of soap is best for this part.

  2. Coat with oil

    Once the cast iron is dry, rub it with a thin coating of oil. Use just enough to soak into the cast iron without being overly sticky.

  3. Proceed to seasoning

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and then place the skillet upside down on the middle rack of the oven. Place a piece of aluminum foil underneath the skillet in order to catch any drippings. Leave the skillet in the oven for one hour.

  4. Cool for use

    Leave the skillet in the oven for a while to allow it to cool down sufficiently. Once cool to the touch, the skillet can be utilized in cooking.

  5. Heat and repeat

    Cook with your new cast iron, then wash and dry as before. Coat the skillet with a thin layer of vegetable oil and store in a cool dark place until its next use.

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