How to season you cast iron skillets and cast iron pans?

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Cast iron cookware has been used in food preparation for centuries and for good reasons. These products are one of the few materials around that is durable enough to last hundreds of years.

Although your cookware is virtually indestructible, it requires special care and cleaning in order to maintain its nonstick properties and remain rust-free. With proper care, cleaning, and storage, iron cookware and pans will withstand a lifetime of use. Take good care of your cast iron products, and it can be passed down and enjoyed by future generations.

Cookware such as: skillets, grills, griddles, woks, pizza pans and even cast iron pots main benefit is its natural, non-stick surface. As long as it's seasoned properly, traditional cast iron has the nearly same slick texture as Teflon but it cooks ten times better. It retains heat for a long time, and it lasts for as long as it's taken care of. However, typical of cast iron cookware, the more you use it the better it will be. It is generally recommended that you cook fatty foods in a cast iron pan or griddle as this adds to the seasoning process.

After you purchase your cast iron cookware products, take some time to season it prior to cooking (if they are not already pre-seasoned). Food will taste better and will continue to the more you use your cookware. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your cast iron cookware gets that good seasoning built in.

Rub the entire piece of cookware with shortening such as Crisco, lard or bacon grease. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees'. After the oven is preheated place your skillet, grill pan or whatever product you have in your oven for about one hour. Since these products hold heat, be careful to let the item cool down before removing the cookware from your oven. When the item is cooled down a bit and enough to handle, with a paper towel, wipe the excess shorting off being careful not to remove all the seasoning, just the excess. The initial seasoning should be accomplished at the point; however you may want to repeat this process several times to get the real flavor from you cooking to come out. The more you use your these products the more your food will have a delicious flavor.

After cooking, do not use a detergent to clean it. That will destroy the seasoning. Wash your cookware with warm water and dry with a paper towel. Never use a wire brush or steel pry to clean your cookware. An abrasive pad cuts into the seasoned surface. If something sticks, scrape it with a spoon to dislodge. Sometimes placing some course salt on a paper towel will help remove stubborn build up. Dry thoroughly and store in a dry place.

You can find more about other cast iron cookware products at chesapeakecookware.com

Enjoy,
Iron Mike

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