Greatest Blaze Tip Corner: Re-seasoning Cast Iron Cookware
If you’re like us and consider cooking with cast iron the greatest way to cook, then you may find this edition of the Tip Corner helpful. On our site we sell the Lodge brand of cast iron cookware and give some basic instructions for day-to-day care and re-seasoning.
Here at Greatest Blaze & Co. we have a ton of experience cooking with and thus cleaning our cast iron pans. Everyone has a method and the debate of “to soap or not to soap” will surely rage on beyond this post. We are staunch non-soapers. One of us is quite obsessive about it. The subject has led to more than one uncomfortable conversations with his wife.
Lodge actually says it’s fine to use soap to clean cast iron. But over time using soap will wear the coating of your pan down and you’ll spend more time maintaining your skillet than cooking with it. We figure the combination of hot tap water and the “high” heat setting of most conventional stove-tops should take care of any nasty germs or bacteria.
It’s most important to keep your pans from rusting or drying out and a regular regimen of cleaning and oiling should do the trick. We’ve linked a quick video below from the folks at Lodge with their take on re-seasoning and it can be followed for good results. We were aghast when we saw their video starts out with a rusty skillet. Rest assured there is no rust on our pans. That would be sacrilegious. For great results we have a few tips to add:
- The absolute essential tool to have when caring for a cast iron pan is this. They almost give them away too, which is nice. You can never have enough of these little guys and they work great on all your hard-to-clean pots, pans and dishes.
- Nothing really at all abrasive should be used. A sponge or washcloth and the scraping tool above should be all you need.
- Don’t use a paper towel to apply the oil to the pan. You’ll get little fibers of paper on the surface and they get baked in after an hour in the oven. Use your fingers or a brush. If you use a brush be mindful of the little brush hairs being left behind for the same reason.
- We think a slightly higher temp than 350 is more effective. Depending on your oven, anywhere from 375-400 degrees works best.
- You don’t need to do the outside of the pan every time you re-season, every 3rd or 4th time is fine.