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How To Season & Restore A Cast Iron Skillet | Kitchen DIY


Looking for ways to keep your cast iron skillet as good as new? This quick and easy trick will show you exactly that!

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  1. Cleaning cast iron skillets
  2. How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet
  3. How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet

How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet

Cleaning cast iron skillets

How do you restore and season a cast iron skillet so it behaves like a non-stick pan? These methods will protect your skillet from rust, so it will look brand new even after daily use.

If you’re wondering how cooking professionals care for their cast iron skillets, you’ve come to the right place. It turns out that seasoning your skillet with oil is the easiest way to keep a cast iron skillet rust-free.

Check out the easy-to-follow tutorial below to learn how to season a cast iron skillet.

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

Materials:

  • Cast iron metal
  • dish soap (optional)
  • stiff brush
  • Dry cloth or paper towel
  • Vegetable oil (or other oil of your choice)
  • stove

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat and rinse

Wash the iron pan  How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet |  Kitchen DIY

Preheat oven to 325°F. Wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a stiff brush.

(Cast iron shouldn’t normally be washed with soap, but it’s fine here since the pan is going to be seasoned.) Rinse well with hot water.

Step 2: Add some heat

Stick the pan in the oven for a minute or two to remove moisture. Dry the skillet thoroughly with a towel to remove any moisture.

Step 3: Add oil

Adding oil to an iron pan  How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet |  Kitchen DIY

Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coating of vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside and outside of the skillet. Vegetable oil and shortening are the most recommended oils used for seasoning, but you can use any oil you like.

Step 4: Season in the oven

Season in the pan  How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet |  Kitchen DIY

Place the skillet upside down on the center rack of the oven. Place a sheet of aluminum foil under the rack to catch any drips. Bake for one to two hours.

Turn off the heat and allow the pan to cool completely before removing from the oven.

Additional Notes: A seasoned skillet is smooth, shiny and non-stick. You’ll know it’s time to re-season if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet is dull or rusty. If your skillet is old and rusty, check out the steps below!

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How to Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet

Materials:

  • Cast iron metal
  • Raw potatoes, cut in half
  • 4 tbsp. salt
  • hot water
  • dish soap (optional)
  • stiff brush
  • Dry cloth or paper towel

Directions:

Step 1: Cover your rusted pan in salt

If your pan is on the rusty side we recommend using coarse salt. This will help remove stubborn rust and surface stains.

Step 2: Cut a potato in half

Potatoes and salt in a cast iron skillet  How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet |  Kitchen DIY

You’ll be using a potato to scrub your cast iron skillet, so make sure you have one big enough.

Step 3: Scrub the skillet with the potatoes

Rub the skillet with the potatoes  How to Season and Restore a Cast Iron Skillet |  Kitchen DIY

Use the flat side of the potato to scrub the surface of the pan. The roughness of the salt and the moisture from the potatoes will help remove rust more efficiently than a brush or sponge.

Step 4: Scrub with a stiff brush

Use hot water and a stiff brush to remove the rust. Rinse well and dry with a clean towel.

Watch the full tutorial in the video below!

Brad Leon of Bon Appetit shows you how to clean a cast iron skillet in this video:

Don’t you hate looking at dirty kitchen utensils when it’s time to cook your favorite meal? By following these simple steps, you’re going to give that rusted cast iron skillet the brand new look it once had.

Do you have any cast iron cleaning tips of your own? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 1, 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevance.





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