Seasoning is a required process to make your cookware have a smooth surface without rusts, putting on a coating of wax or oil on the cookware’s surface. Lots of cast iron utensils are sold at a pre-seasoned status; however, appropriate cleaning after each cooking will help the cookware maintain well-performing and extend the lifespan to decades. (You may refer to our post: How to clean a pre-seasoned cast iron cookware correctly?)
Sometimes, when you find your cast iron griddle or skillet cannot be cleaned as easily as before, because food tends to stick to the surface firmly. Or even worse, you find your utensil have iron rusts. It is the time to re-season your cast iron cookware.
Lodge gives very thorough steps for refurbishing the finish:
* Wash the cookware with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. (It is okay to use soap this time because you are preparing to re-season the cookware).
* Rinse and dry completely.
* Apply a very thin, even coating of MELTED solid vegetable shortening (or cooking oil of your choice) to the cookware inside and out. Too much oil will result in a sticky finish.
* Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven (not directly on bottom) to catch any drips.
* Set oven temperature to 350 – 400 degrees F.
* Place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven to prevent pooling.
* Bake the cookware for at least one hour. After the hour, turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven.
* Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.
* Repeat as necessary.
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