How to Re-Season You Cast Iron Cookware?

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Dec 202013
 

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.  

 

Lodge’s cast iron products have enjoyed a good reputation of being sturdy, well-structured and high quality. A variety of their products can be found at Amazon: Lodge cast iron cookware>>

How to clean a pre-seasoned cast iron cookware correctly?

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A pre-seasoned cookware means that it has been placed with a coating on the surface, before it is sold to consumers, in order to help the cookware have natural, easy-release finish and away from rusting. Cleaning a pre-seasoned cast iron cookware is easy. First wash the cookware with water. Dry it as soon as possible. Then rub the cookware with a thin coating of vegetable oil. Too much oil may lead to a sticky surface.

This process of “wash, dry and season” not only makes you cast iron cookware clean and keeps it away from moisture but also maintains its lifespan for decades. You may use it for over 100 years.

To wash the cookware, dishwashers, strong detergents or metal scouring pads is not recommended, as they will reduce the seasoning surface. It is applicable that using only water to wash even without soap, because the smooth seasoning helps cleaning easy. If you are really worried about non-soap washing, just use mild soapy water.

Below is a video showing how to clean a 10.5 inch Lodge L9OG3 Pre-Seasoned Round Griddle which is made up with cast iron. This process is applicable to cast iron cookware, such as griddles and skillets, of other brands and models.