I love my cast iron skillets! I got them a few years ago, and by now they are beautifully seasoned and make everything I cook in them taste amazing. I use them most mornings to fry eggs, and most afternoons to make several variations on grilled cheese sandwiches. Okay, and I also cook a lot of bacon in them! Was it hard for me at first to get used to cast iron? Was it hard for me to season them? No! I get a lot of questions about how to care for cast iron whenever I mention that I use it. But the truth is that it’s not hard at all. Or at least, I have not had any problems with mine! So let me share with you what I do with mine. When I get a new piece of cast iron, whether it’s a skillet, a grill pan, a griddle (or a BIG griddle!), a waffle iron, or even this ebelskiver pan, I always take care to season it properly. When your cast iron is seasoned well, not even eggs will stick to it. I know! But it’s true! I make fried eggs in my skillet several times a week, and they don’t stick.
What is Seasoning?
Seasoning is when you bake oil into the surface of the cast iron to make a natural non-stick surface without chemicals. It also protects your cast iron from rusting, corroding, or wearing out. If you care for your cast iron properly, it will last you generations!
When you buy cast iron, make sure you season it properly, and it will serve you well for years and years.
How Do I Do It?
It’s simple really. When you buy a new piece of cast iron, you just need to follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Wash the cast iron with gentle soap and a scrub brush. Dry completely.
- Rub the entire surface with coconut oil, pastured beef tallow, or palm shortening.
- Set the cast iron piece in the oven and bake it for one hour.
How Do I Keep It Happy?
After you’re done cooking, it’s time to clean it without removing the non-stick you worked so hard to get!
- Don’t wash it with soap!
- Just use hot water and a clean scrub brush to scrub off food until the surface is clean
- Then wipe out the pan with a paper towel or, even better, a thin towel (I prefer these) that you plan to designate for your cast iron. Make sure it’s dry so it doesn’t rust.
- Add a small amount of coconut oil, tallow, or palm shortening and rub onto the surface of the pan.
I like to store my cast iron skillet on the stovetop, since it’s getting used every day! But you can also store yours in the oven, or on a hanging rack like this one. I think cast iron is so pretty and rustic. I like to leave it out for all to see!PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.