Cast iron skillets are wonderful things. They work on and in the oven, properly seasoned, they are non-stick, and they’re heavy. Heavy is good. Properly seasoned is the key, however. Soak it in some soap and water and you’ve got a pan that will stick just about anything to the inside. So how to season a pan to get that perfect non-stick surface?
1. Pre-heat oven to 325° to 350° F
2. Wash skillet with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.
3. Apply a thin coat of vegetable oil, or vegetable shortening with a paper towel on all surfaces, inside and out. Everything.
4. Place in oven on center rack, upside down. Put a baking sheet on the rack beneath to catch anything that might migrate off it.
5. Bake for an hour, turn off heat, open door, and allow to cool inside oven before removing.
6. You are done! Enjoy your newly seasoned pan.
To wash, scrub with hot water and a brush without detergent. Don’t use soap. Never use sharp or metal utensils while cooking and never place in the dishwasher. If it does in fact find its way into the dishwasher, just repeat seasoning process.