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Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Season your Cast Iron Pots and Pans (with our Top 5 pick for seasoning oil!)

Cooking with cast iron is a time-tested method and can really give you superior results. We highly recommend you owning at least a cast iron skillet (see our Top 5 recommendations), but like many other item that will last you a lifetime, you must give it proper care.

If you find your pan is getting rusty and crusty, or that your food is sticking to it, it is high time for you to season it. The process may seem daunting to the uninitiated, but it really is quite simple.

The first thing you'll want to do it to clean it. Though you should regularly never use soap on your cast iron cookware, you can make an exception directly before seasoning it (since you will be re-adding the oils to it). You will want to get a soft brush or a rag with kosher salt to give it a good scrub. You might need to put in some elbow grease if you let it get rusty, but with regular maintenance this process should be relatively easy.

One the pan is clean, dry it with a rag or paper towel and use your lubricant. The method you will use to lubricate your pan will depend on the lubricant you are using. Make sure you cover your entire pan, not just the cooking surface (that means the outside too). The lubricant will prevent your pan from rusting, so you want to protect it all over.

Next you will want to gently heat your lubricated pan. You can do this by placing it upside down in your oven (heated between 200 - 250 degrees F) for about 15 minutes.

Let your pan cool before putting it away.

If you are wondering about which seasoning oil to use, we have done our research and here are our Top 5 favorites:

Caron Doucet - Cast Iron Oil 

This cast iron oil is the most loved by reviewers. It is a premium oil made from highly refined coconut oil and other food-grade essential oils. It will not go bad or need to be refrigerated. It will improve the look and feel of your cookware while its neutral flavor will improve the taste of your food. You can also get it as part of a bundle set which is great for yourself or as a gift (especially as an add-on gift if you give cast iron cookware!) Caron & Doucet - Cast Iron Cook's Gift Set Bundle

This cast iron oil is made of only one ingredient. 100% fractionated coconut oil. This oil will not go rancid and will moisturize your cast iron pan helping it last a lifetime. No odors, no smells, nothing added.

This seasoning oil container has a 3 mode dispenser that will let you drip, stream, or spray the oil. This makes it convenient for you and reduce the mess and work associated with seasoning your pan. The oil itself is pure Kosher-certified, con-GMO grape seed oil. It is tasteless and odorless. The spray is non-aerosol so you can use it without guilt. This product is made in the USA while the grape seed itself comes from Chile and Portugal.

Crisbee Stik Original Cast Iron Seasoning

Seasoning your cast iron skillet has never been easier or more convenient. This seasoning stick glides on and uses much less product than traditional oil. It doesn't turn rancid or sticky and makes the cast iron more resistant versus conventional oils. Made in the USA.

Lodge is one of our favorite manufacturers of cast iron cookware so we trust that they know what products to use to keep their pots and pans in great condition! The kit comes with oil, pan scrappers and brush. The oil is made of 100% canola oil. It's a convenient package with everything you need to keep your cast iron cookware in great condition. 
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Item Reviewed: How to Season your Cast Iron Pots and Pans (with our Top 5 pick for seasoning oil!) Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Siamak Afshar
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