Show Your Cast Iron Skillet Some Tender Love And Care!

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Cast Iron Skillet with Salmon and Vegetables

A Cast Iron skillet is a durable and versatile cookware that has been a staple in southern cooking. It can be used for frying an egg on the stovetop for breakfast to baking cornbread in the oven for dinner. With proper care and handling, a cast iron skillet can last you a lifetime. With some information provided by the University of Kentucky and Mississippi State University Extensions, here are some instructions on caring for your cast-iron skillet by seasoning:

  1. After cooking with your cast iron pan, place a warm (not hot) pan in the sink and wash with a hot water and mild dish soap. If you can’t get caked-on food off, use salt and a sponge to remove. Salt is a great abrasive for this pan.
  2. Immediately after cleaning, dry with a dish towel all over, or set pan back on a heated burner. You want to remove as much water off as possible to prevent rust.
  3. Once it is dry, use a small amount of a high burning oil or canola oil and covers the entire surface of the pan. It should appear shiny, not sticky.
  4. Place your pan in a preheated oven at 350F for 1 hour. Make sure the pan is placed upside down on the first rack and place a sheet of aluminum foil on the second rack to catch drippings.
  5. Afterwards let the pan cool and store. If you repeat this seasoning process each time, your cast-iron skillet will last a lifetime!

References:

“How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet” – Extension For Real Life – Mississippi State University Extension

“Cleaning And Caring For A Cast Iron Skillet” – Exclusives – The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment