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Recommendations for Cast Iron Products

Cast Iron products are some of our favorite here at Tastemade. Deeply versatile, cast iron cooking products retain heat much better, last longer, and are just fun to cook with!

Please note that just like all products there are some things to be aware of in terms of how to care and maintain your cast iron pans. Below we've detailed how to properly season your pan to avoid some of those ugly rust spots that appear.

How To Season A Cast Iron Skillet

What You Need:

Materials

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or stiff brush
  • Clean, dry cloth or paper towels
  • Vegetable oil or shortening (or other oil of your choice)

Equipment

  • Oven

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush. Cast iron should not normally be washed with soap, but it's fine here since the pan is about to be seasoned.

3. Rinse and thoroughly dry the skillet.

4. Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coat of vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside and outside of the skillet. Vegetable oil and shortening are the most commonly recommended oils used for seasoning, but according to industry experts, you can use any oil of your choice.

5. Place the skillet upside down on the oven's center rack.

6. Place a sheet of aluminum foil below the rack to catch any drips.

7. Bake for an hour.

8. Turn off heat and allow the skillet to cool completely before removing from oven.

Additional Notes: A seasoned skillet is smooth, shiny, and non-stick. You'll know it's time to re-season if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.