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How to Make a Cast Iron Skillet Last a Lifetime
If treated properly, a cast iron skillet can last a lifetime, or even longer. One of the most important ways to protect your skillet and prolong its usefulness is proper seasoning. We’ll show you how to season it the first time you use it, and how to maintain its good condition while you use it.
To season your cast iron cookware, start by washing and drying thoroughly. Then use a solid shortening to grease the inside of the pan well, just like you would grease your bakeware before cooking.
Place your pan upside-down on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven for an hour at 350°F (175°F). The cookie sheet will catch any drips from excess shortening.
It’s a good idea to repeat this process a few times before using with acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, to ensure that you’ve built up enough of a coating that the pan won’t react with your food.
You should also repeat the seasoning steps any time the pan starts to look dry, or if you have trouble with food burning too easily.
By following these simple steps, you can use your favorite cast iron pans throughout your life, and even pass them down to your children and grandchildren.
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