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How can I season a cast iron skillet?

Every time I use, the food sticks to the skillet.

Asked By: Jen2U - 7/10/2007
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Answered By: justin_dowl - 7/10/2007
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Everything is here: http://huntsville.about.com/cs/food/ht/Cast_Iron.htm
Answered By: Cister - 7/10/2007
 
after you scrub it with a metal brush, put in on the burner to dry it out. When the water is all gone, turn off the burner and remove from heat. Then take a papertowel with some vegetable oil and rub in on the bottom and sides of the pan. Becareful not to burn yourself (I have a couple times... More
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Answered By: irishkittie79 - 7/10/2007
 
Heat oil or lard (if you have some) in it for about 10 minutes. Wipe out the excess with a paper towel. Repeat 10 or 15 times and try cooking with it again. If there's food stuck to it, just scrape it out. Never use soap!!! If you do, some will remain in the pores and come out in your next meal. I've heard... More
Answered By: Glock 32 - 7/10/2007
 
wash it well and dry it in the oven. with a paper towel wipe on a little vegie or corn oil and return it to the oven for a bit. let it cool and wipe out any excess oil. i don't know what you're cooking in it but many items such as eggs will almost always stick anyway unless you use enough spray or butter or iol while... More
Answered By: racer 51 - 7/10/2007
 
cooking spray
Answered By: divinemadness - 7/10/2007
 
I searched 'how to season cast iron skillet' and got many hits. This one is good: http://www.lodgemfg.com/usecare1.asp I have my great grandmother's cast iron skillets and they are well worth the small effort to keep them seasoned.
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Answered By: perkywarrior_ukiah - 7/10/2007
 
1. Preheat your oven to 275 ºF (135 ºC... More
Answered By: Witchblade_1 - 7/10/2007
 
Rub it with a light coat of crisco after every use. Do not wash the cast iron skillet. Scrape off all of the food, dry it, then rub the crisco on it. Let it dry. Then put it away.
Answered By: smartblonde - 7/10/2007
 
...and to add to the above seasoning tips...never, ever wash your seasoned pan with soap or scratchy sponges. Just use really hot water and a soft sponge or rag; and if properly seasoned, all food residue will wash right out.
Answered By: catzrme - 7/10/2007
 
you cover it in cooking oil and put it in the oven I mean really saturate it on the sides too and put the oven on 100 degrees for about an hour do that for about 3 days it needs to get the oil saturated in it
Answered By: # 24 - 7/10/2007
 
usually its to use cooking oil or shortening and baking in the oven. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasoning_(cast_iron)#Seasoning
Answered By: Chris C - 7/10/2007
 
First rule of basic skillet care is to never let your skillet air dry. After each use and wash place the skillet back on the stove top and heat to dry. This prevents rusting... More
Answered By: Me - 7/10/2007
 
Lard from animal fat works best. Veg. oil and shortenings are a little more fragile. You can do what everyone else said, rub it down, put it in the oven with foil underneath, but the head needs to be VERY high. Like 500 degrees. If it's not smoking, you're not doing it right. The easiest way and cleanest, because... More
Answered By: garciajennifer@att.net - 7/10/2007
 
Just cook a pound of bacon in it on low heat. When done, dump the grease and just wipe out the pan with a rag or paper towel. Its good to go!
Answered By: sloegin - 7/10/2007
 
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