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How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet Plus Cleaning Tips

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Cast iron skillets are such a great tool to have in your kitchen.  They're extremely durable, easy to use, and so versatile; you can make anything from Ground Beef Fajitas to Apple Pie on the Grill. Cast iron is one of those kitchen essentials you can have for decades to come, so long as you care for it properly.  Properly caring for cast iron, just like caring for your knives, will ensure you get the best possible use from it for a long time. Think about how nice it is to be able to pass down your skillet and the delicious recipes you've made over the years to your loved ones!  In the video below, Howard shows us how to season a cast iron skillet, and how to clean cast iron in just a few easy steps.


Check out our video and tips on how to season cast iron and how to clean cast iron. Then get to your kitchen and whip up some of our favorite Easy Skillet Dinners


How to Care for Cast Iron

How to Season Cast Iron

Before you use your brand new cast iron skillet, you'll want to season it.  Seasoning a cast iron skillet doesn't involve salt and pepper!  This is an easy process that forms a thick, non-stick layer on your cast iron to prolong the life of the metal.  There are three easy steps on how to season cast iron.

1. Coat the inside of your cast iron skillet with cooking oil.  Vegetable or corn oil works best.

2. Place your cast iron skillet in a hot oven, and "cook" it for about an hour.

3. Carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven (it will be very hot!), and let it cool.  When your skillet is cool enough to handle, don't rinse it! Simply wipe off the excess oil and "dry" it with a paper towel.

How to Clean Cast Iron

After you've used your cast iron skillet to make some of your favorite recipes, you'll need to know how to properly clean it. Cleaning a cast iron skillet isn't difficult, but there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

1. Immediately after use, rinse your cast iron skillet with hot water. Do not use soap! It may sound strange, but using soap on cast iron will ruin the seasoning.

2. Use a salt scrub or a non-metal brush to gently remove stuck-on foodsNever soak your cast iron skillet.  The excess water may cause the metal to rust.


Now that you know how to season a cast iron skillet, as well as the proper ways of cleaning a cast iron skillet, why not try your hand at making some of these easy skillet recipes?

Buffalo Shrimp Dip Apple Pie on the Grill

Buffalo Shrimp Dip    

Apple Pie on the Grill

Skillet Cherry Cobbler

Dip at the Grill

Skillet Cherry Cobbler

Dip at the Grill



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My mom always washed her cast iron skillet with soap and water. Dry on stove at hi heat then apply veg. oil to hot skillet (I use a folded paper towel to apply thin coat). Never had any problems with sticking.

I love cast iron and I used to season mine and never used soap on them. I just cleaned them after each use like this how to video shows. I would love to be able to use cast iron cookware again, but now that I'm retired with arthritis, they are just too heavy! Darn!


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