How to Season and Clean Cast Iron Cookware

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Cast Iron Cookware
Cast Iron Cookware

The best feature about cast iron cookware is that it does not stick when seasoned correctly. When you season a cast iron skillet or pan, you should rub some oil into the surface. Use olive oil, canola oil, or vegetable. Rub it in with a paper towel. Keep the oil light do not use too much.

The next step is heat the oven to about 450 to 500 degrees. Put your cast iron pot upside down on a metal baking sheet. Leave it in the oven about 30 minutes. Let the pan cool down to room temperature. Repeat the process of coating the pan with oil and heating it two or three times.

When you season a cast iron pan this helps it develop a non-stick cooking surface. It keeps the pan from becoming rusty because water cannot seep into surface. Don't put very cold liquids into the pots because this can cause them to crack.

When you wash cast iron use a little dish washing liquid and warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not let water sit in the pan too long. Never wash any cast iron pot in the dishwasher. When you cook in cast iron skillets or pans it should be allowed to cool after use.

After you have washed your pan heat it on the stove a few minutes. Add oil rub in with paper towel. The pan is ready for the next time you cook. Store cast iron pans in a dry cabinet with lids off. Often moisture builds up with lids on and forms rust.

Cast iron conduct heat evenly so cooking is faster and more uniform. You can use cast iron on top of the stove, in the oven, on the grill, or  in the campfire. Rust can be removed using a lemon and salt. Cut lemon in half and pour salt in pan. Use lemon to  rub salt into pan surface to remove rust. Wash with warm water, brush and soap. Rinse the pan and dry

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