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Video: How to Season Cast Iron

See how to care for cast iron cookware so it lasts for years and years.

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Cast iron pans, pots, skillets, griddles, and Dutch ovens are practically indestructible. They can last for generations. The key to cast iron’s longevity is seasoning. In this video, you’ll learn how to season, cook with, and care for cast iron cookware so it lasts for years and years. Seasoning cast iron is simple. We’ll show you how a thin, protective layer of vegetable oil, baked into the skillet, helps prevent rust from developing. Re-seasoning your cast iron pan will build up over time a terrific non-stick surface. You’ll see how to properly prepare your cast iron pan before you season it for the first time, and you’ll learn why this is the only time you’ll want to use soap to clean it. You’ll also discover the benefits of cooking with cast iron—the dry, even heat, which browns meats, crisps baked goods, and caramelizes vegetables like no other type of cookware. You’ll also see how easy it is to clean a well-seasoned cast iron skillet! Cast iron, it’s not just for the chuck wagon! See more how-to videos >>

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Jan. 8, 2015 12:24 pm
I have some old slightly rusty cast iron pans that I wish to reseason and use. My husband says the rust is nutritious and I shouldn't try to get rid of it; his mom's pans are all rusty. I would think rust would cause problems with the non-stick finish. Is coarse salt the best way to remove rust?
Dec. 4, 2014 11:09 am
Eh, Paul - you are referring to degrees Celsius, the tutorial refers to Farenhieght. Hope that clears things up.
Paul McManus 
Aug. 2, 2014 6:45 am
Lily, the smoke point for safflower oil is 225. The smoke point for vegetable oil 356-370 depending on type. Wrong type oil for the temps required. Hope that helps!
Jul. 26, 2014 11:22 am
Well, mine is in the oven now. 57 minutes to go. I hope this works. Growing up we had a set of cast iron cookware, and I hated it. When it was my turn to do the dishes, it was always so hard to clean. We would leave it on the stove with a little bit of soapy water, we would allow it to boil to loosen the stuck on potatoes or what ever we had (burned) for dinner. Before using them we had to scrub of the rust before using. I have had horrible experience with cast iron, but that is all about to change!
Jul. 20, 2014 9:10 pm
I followed the directions exactly, used safflower oil, pan started smoking & smelling bad in oven - what am I missing? Thanks.
Feb. 18, 2014 7:59 am
Jan. 26, 2014 8:22 pm
Great video! I recently bought a cast iron griddle and had no idea that I had to season it first. I had stopped using it because it was starting to get a little rusty. I did everything that the video showed and my griddle came out perfect! I'm so impressed on how nice it came out, it looks brand new! I can't wait to use it tomorrow!
Jan. 25, 2014 4:38 am
I have my Grandmother's 6" cast iron pan (Wagner)with a lid that has cooked only fried eggs for close to 100 years. It's priceless!
Jan. 24, 2014 2:57 pm
I bought my daughter two cast iron pans. It is the best thing to have in the kitchen. She will always remember me with this gift. Now she can make the best fried chicken. She is always saying I make the best chicken she has every tasted. Something we moms can pass down to our children.
Dec. 30, 2013 7:18 pm
I bought my cast pan used fro a garage sale, 23 years ago before I met my hubby. I usually wipe it out with oil and let it warm from the remaining heat of the oven. Still smooth and non stick..
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