How to Season a New Cast Iron Pan
- Step 1: Wash and Dry Your Pan. …
- Step 2: Rub It All Over With Oil and Buff Well. …
- Step 3: Heat It in the Oven. …
- Step 4: Repeat 3 to 4 Times.
Thereof, are new cast iron pans already seasoned?
Every piece of Lodge cast iron cookware comes seasoned and ready to use right out of the box. The easiest way to maintain this layer of seasoning is to use your cast iron pan.
Just so, do you have to do anything to a cast iron skillet before first use?
Well, traditionally, before using a cast-iron skillet, you’d have to wash it, dry it, coat it in vegetable oil, and bake it for an hour upside-down for an hour. This is known as seasoning.
How do I know if my cast iron is seasoned?
A well-seasoned skillet will have a dark, semiglossy finish and won’t be sticky or greasy to the touch. It won’t have any rust or any dull or dry patches. An easy way to test a skillet’s seasoning is to fry an egg (heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes, then add egg).
How To Season Your Cast-Iron Skillet:
- Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
- Dry thoroughly.
- Spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet.
- Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375°. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips.)
- Bake 1 hour; let cool in the oven.
Maintaining pre-seasoned Cast Iron Cookware for the first time
- Just wash the pan with hot water. …
- After washing, dry the pan with a dry soft cloth and apply a coating on the pan with cooking oil.
- You may have to do it a few times before start cooking in it as it will remove all the residue on the pan.
One important note: Coating with too much oil could cause your cookware to get sticky. We also don’t recommend using vegetable oil since this could leave a sticky film on the cast iron. Complete the seasoning process by baking your cookware upside down at 450 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven for one hour.
Understanding the correct care and maintenance of your cast-iron skillet will mean that your skillet could be put to good use for many generations to come. To maintain a smooth non-stick surface on your skillet, routinely re-season it two to three times a year.
Do not use olive oil or butter to season your cast-iron pan — they’re great to cook with, just not for initial seasoning. Place the pan upside down on the top rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven, leaving the pan in the oven to cool completely as the oven cools down.
It is made of iron, so completely non-toxic and safe. They come pre-seasoned, so you can use them straight away. It gets a great sear on meat, I use it for vegetables and stir fry’s also.
— To get the best out of your cast iron skillet, it’s recommended that you oil it after each use. However, depending on how frequently you use it, 2-3 times a year is sufficient. How can I tell when my skillet is seasoned properly? — A well-seasoned skillet will be noticeably dark with a shiny, semi-gloss finish.
Classic cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you can use them. (This is what makes them nonstick!). But many cast iron skillets come “pre-seasoned” now, with the hardest part done for you. Beyond that, the key really is just using the pan.
Your First Cast Iron Cleaning
When it comes to new and used skillets — a little soap and water is a good thing. This first wash removes factory residue or rust bits. Make sure you rinse and dry the pan well after this first washing.
All cooking oils and fats can be used for seasoning cast iron, but based on availability, affordability, effectiveness, and having a high smoke point, Lodge recommends vegetable oil, melted shortening, or canola oil, like our Seasoning Spray.