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how do i season a cast iron skillet?

I have several old rusty cast iron skillets , how can i season them to use ?22
asked Nov 6, 2013 by Misty

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Use steel wool to clean them with a little warm water inside the pan with liquid soap................do not put it into a sink of water.........just clean it with SOME soap & water & steel wool until the rust is out........rinse out  steel wool and soap...rinse again......wipe it totally dry...........put just a little canola oil in the pan....use a paper towel and wipe it all around inside the pan and wipe out all the oil until it looks like it is gone..................turn the oven on................put a piece of foil down on the middle shelf.................set the oven to 450 and bake it UPSIDE down and let the foil catch any drips...................always remember to use your mitt or oven glove.  Because oil will go ransid and so will bacon, that is why they now recommend to clean it with just a touch of liquid soap & warm water.  Never put cold liquids into a cold pan that will warp it.  Also do not store it in a moist area that will make it rusty and no lid for storage or moisture will build up and make it rust again.  The best place is to store in the oven or hang it on the wall after it cools off.  Always heat up the pan before you start cooking and you will have that caste iron pan for a long time and pass it on to your children when it gets too heavy to use.
answered Nov 7, 2013 by josie (51,120 points)

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