Here's a little secret: a well-seasoned cast-iron pan is a well-used one! Seasoning has nothing to do with spices and everything to do with heating thin layers of oil repeatedly on the pan. As the oil is heated, fat bonds to the iron in a process called polymerization which converts the oil into a hard, blackened plastic with non-stick properties that will stand the test of time. You'll never need to re-season your pan again!
But how can you get your new cast-iron pan in usable condition? Simply follow these steps!
- Wash cast-iron pan with soapy water, then dry it on a heated stove top.
- Rub with your choice of cooking oil and buff well, covering all sides.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and put oiled pan in for 30 minutes.
- Repeat 3-4 times, rubbing with oil, buffing it out & putting it back in.
Now that you've oiled, buffed and heated your pan to perfection— you're ready to get cooking all your favorite meals— bon appétit!
Full instructions available via Serious Eats