Have you ever wondered what makes food that has been cooked in a cast iron skillet taste so delicious? There are actually a couple of factors at play. It has to do with the iron from which the pan is constructed as well as the delicious oils and fats that you cook with on an everyday basis.
Iron is a soft metal that quickly absorbs oils and fats. When applying those oils and fats to a heated, porous surface, the flavor becomes trapped in the skillet, and a protective layer is formed during a process called polymerization.
We have provided directions on how to pre-season a cast iron skillet. Continue reading to learn more.
How To Season Your Cast Iron SkilletSeasoning your cast iron skillet correctly and often is one of the most important things you can do to increase the longevity of the pan and avoid rusting.
When learning how to season your cast iron skillet, remember that cooking and cleaning with oil is key when it comes to seasoning your cast iron skillet. It’s also helpful to be sure to avoid using abrasive tools and acidic foods in order to protect your pan. Additionally, be sure to avoid using soaps, detergents and water on your pan, as they will affect the coating and flavor of your food by breaking down the grease on the skillet. They can also cause your cast iron skillet to rust over time.
- Step 1: Wash your skillet with our Cast Iron Cleaning Co. Kit. Remember to always use coarse salt and a soft cloth.
- Step 2: Once your skillet is completely dry, pour some oil in it, and lightly buff the surface. Pro tip: unsaturated cooking oils tend to work the best.
- Step 3: Bake the pan upside down for 30 minutes to an hour at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when the process of polymerization takes place.
That’s it! Repeat this process as many times as you would like to achieve a more polished cast iron skillet.
Seasoning your cast iron skillet is definitely time-consuming, however, it’s a great way for your pan to evenly absorb those yummy fats and oils.