If you’ve had a cast iron skillet for a while, you may need to re-season it. Reseasoning means to recoat and create a stick resistant surface that also helps guard against rust. Use these 5 steps to reseason your favorite iron skillets and preserve them longer.
Start off with washing your cookware with warm, soap water. You can use a stiff nylon brush or if the cookware is rusty, scrub with some steel wool. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Next, take vegetable oil and apply a thin even coating to the entire surface using a paper towel. This includes the inside and the outside. Set the cookware aside.
Take aluminum foil and place it on the bottom rack of your oven to protect it from any drips. Set your oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the pan upside down on the top rack of your oven. This will allow the oil to drip from the pan and coat the entire pan. The aluminum foil on the bottom rack will catch the oil and protect your oven. Leave the pan in your oven for an hour to “bake”.
After the hour has passed, turn off your oven and let the cookware cool. If you prefer, you can remove the pan with some mitts and place it on a cooling rack. Let everything cool for an hour. Your pan is now reseasoned. Place it in a dry location.
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Sources: House Beautiful