How to Season a Cast Iron Pan

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Buy yourself a cast iron skillet.  Cook in it! Want to season it fast? Cook up some bacon!

Wash pan out with hot water and scrub brush. But Do Not Use Soap!! Washing with soap will wash away all the accumulated seasoning you’ve worked so hard to get!

Immediately dry with a towel. Don’t let your cast iron drip dry. Residual water that doesn’t evaporate will immediately start to rust your cast iron.

If you do have rust accumulation, take a brillo pad to the affected areas and scrape it away until you no longer see any rust spots. Rinse it off and dry immediately.

Place your cast iron back onto your stove and heat it up to medium heat. Pour in about 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, lard, Crisco, Olive oil or another food based oil into the bottom of the heated pan. Take a wad of paper towels and some tongs and wipe the oil all around the cooking surfaces of the pan so it’s evenly coated.

Turn off the heat and let the pan come back down to room temperature.

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