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How to make a cast iron skillet last a lifetime




How to Make a Cast Iron Skillet Last a
Lifetime

If treated properly, a
cast iron skillet can last a lifetime, or even longer. One of the most
important ways to protect your skillet and prolong its usefulness is
proper seasoning.  We’ll
show you how to season it the first time you use it, and how to maintain
its good condition while you use it.

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you look at a cast iron pan, you will probably see a smooth surface,
but the truth of the matter is that cast iron is full of pores. 
These pores can trap bits of food in them, causing your meals
to stick, and making cleanup nearly impossible – unless you season
your pan first.

Seasoning fills
the pores with tiny amounts of fat, which has the same effect as a
non-stick coating, without the risk of having your coating peel or
scrape away with time.

To season your
cast iron
cookware, start by washing and drying thoroughly. 
Then use a solid shortening to grease the inside of the pan well,
just like you would grease your bakeware before cooking.

Place your pan
upside-down on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven for an hour at 350°F
(175°F).  The cookie sheet
will catch any drips from excess shortening.

It’s a good idea to
repeat this process a few times before using with acidic foods, such as
tomato sauce, to ensure that you’ve built up enough of a coating that
the pan won’t react with your food.

You should also repeat
the seasoning steps any time the pan starts to look dry, or if you have
trouble with food burning too easily.

In
order to prevent disturbing your seasoning layer, you should never
wash a cast iron pan with soap. 
Simply use water and a damp cloth or brush with stiff
bristles to remove food. 

Salt can also be
used as an abrasive, to remove tough residue. 

Make
sure you dry your cast iron pots and pans thoroughly after use, to
prevent rusting and corrosion.

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By following these
simple steps, you can use your favorite cast iron pans throughout your
life, and even pass them down to your children and grandchildren.

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