Congrats on making the jump over to cast iron! Teflon is for suckers! You’re going to enjoy the versatility of cooking with your new pan so much you won’t ever want to go back. And the best part? It lasts forever!
But you do need to take care of it. In order to prolong the life of your pan and give it its non-stick surface, you’re going to have to season it – not with spices, it’s not that kind of seasoning!
First, Wash Your Pan
Use hot water. A little soap can be okay before you season, but afterwards, skip it. Also, avoid abrasive metal sponges and scrapers.
Coat Your Pan in Oil, Fat, or Shortening
We’re using olive oil here but vegetable shortening or even bacon fat works! Coat the cooking surface of the pan with a thin layer.
Bake the Pan
This is the essential step! Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees and then put the pan on a rack, face down. Put some tin foil down for drips of oil or fat. Leave it in for an hour. Allow the pan to cool fully before removing.
Indulge the Pan
After all that, your pan needs to relax! You don’t have to take it to a spa (who can fit in a spa these days?) but definitely pamper the pan.
Forgive the Pan for the Affair
Listen, the pan made a mistake. The pan isn’t perfect but – newsflash – neither are you! Talk to the pan and listen. Don’t just wait to talk. Really listen.
Don’t Let the Pan Use the Internet
It’s just going to try to get in touch with its birth parents and that is a road the pan does not want to go down.
Do Not Lend the Pan Money
It’s just going to go right up its nose. We’ve been through this too many damn times. Speaking of which…
Take the Pan to its AA Meeting
It only works if the pan works it!
Drive the Pan Downtown
Take a left on Main and then a right… right here, yeah, here. Now look, keep the engine running, the pan just has to go inside to take care of something. Keep. The engine. Running. The pan needs you to be cool. Are you cool? Cool. The pan’ll be right back.
Your pan is ready to use. Remember to always keep it dry and the best way to keep it in good condition? Use it a lot! And if you ever get a call in the middle of the night asking for the pan, hang up immediately! Get cooking!