Before a week ago I was one of those that only used cast iron to cook with if we were in the outdoors and I was camping. My husband changed that when he got me some cast iron skillets and pots. We took them out of the package and they already come pre-seasoned but we wanted to give them an extra touch. So we looked up how to do it and it has turned out great so far.
We did it again with some Lodge Cast Iron I had in our camping gear that were in much needed TLC for seasoning (which means to grease them up good so they don't rust.....not salt or pepper them) believe it or not I used to think, "Do you like rub it down with salt or something???" glad I don't think that way anymore :)
When you need more than just a wash and a season, here is how we restored our cast iron that was in with all of our camping gear.
See how they are dull. I washed them good with soap and water and dried them off with a towel and proceeded to the first step...
First step: You can use any kind of cooking oil. We used Crisco. Go ahead and melt it down in the microwave or on the stove top. If you are using a regular oil such as canola just pour it on and rub it in.
Second Step: Take a paper towel and rub the melted Crisco or regular cooking oil on the entire surface in and out of the cast iron cook wear.
Third step: Heat oven to 350-400 degrees F. Then bake your Cast Iron for 1 hour. Turn off oven and let it cool in the oven.
Fourth Step: Take out and see how you did. They should be fairly dark and shiny. If there are tacky areas that means you went a little too heavy on the oil.
But if it is dry like in this picture then go for another round rubbing down the entire surface with oil and proceed to bake in oven for another hour. Like I said these were in need of some TLC. :)
We have been cooking almost everything with our cast iron for the last week and have really enjoyed it. We cooked mac and cheese and there were a few noodles in the pan after draining and they didn't stick to the pot at all even after staying in there for a few minutes. They always stick to my other pots. They clean really easily too with some warm water and a good scrub down. You can use soap if you feel a desire too. Using Cast iron actually gives you more Iron to your diet by cooking in them and everything seems to have a better taste. So enjoy cooking in something that you can cook indoors and out and will last your lifetime and maybe more.
Here is a video showing you the steps that I just explained.... Enjoy!
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