Food & Drink
Dec 1, 2014

how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

By: Amanda Etty
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Food & Drink
Dec 1, 2014

how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

By: Amanda Etty
A cast iron pan is a dependable tool for the home cook. It has a naturally nonstick surface that evenly distributes heat; it can easily go from stovetop to oven; and if you properly care for your cast iron pan, it can last for generations. Proper care means seasoning it, which will bring out a natural nonstick coating. Here, I'll tell you exactly how to do that. CastIronPan 1. Wash your cast iron pan with hot water and soap. Thoroughly dry immediately. 2. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on your oven’s bottom rack. Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. 3. Using a clean, dry cloth or a paper towel, apply a thin coat of cooking oil to the entire surface of the pan, including the exterior. (Vegetable oil and shortening are the most commonly recommended oils used for seasoning.) 4. Place the pan upside down on the oven’s centre rack. The aluminum foil you positioned below will catch any drips. 5. Bake for one hour. 6. Turn off the heat and let the pan cool completely before removing it from the oven. When you remove, use oven mits. 7. A seasoned skillet is smooth and non-stick. You can repeat the seasoning process when necessary – that is, when food starts to stick to the surface or the skillet looks dull or rusty. dutch-baby-pancake   Care Tips: - To keep your cast-iron pan in good condition, simply rinse it with hot water then wipe it clean with a dry cloth or a paper towel after each use. - Remove any stuck-on food using hot water and a brush or scouring pad (but never soap). - For stubborn food pieces, pour some water into the pan and boil it on the stovetop for a few minutes. Remove from the heat, then use a brush or scouring pad to clean away the pieces. - You must always dry the pan completely to prevent rust.   P.S. Cast iron pans are the best for Dutch baby pancakes (shown above).   Photography, Williams-Sonoma; Pancake Photography, Maya Visnyei.
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