How To Properly Season and Care for a Cast Iron Skillet

How To Properly Season and Care for a Cast Iron Skillet


Hi, my name is Nikee. Today I’m going to be teaching y’all how to
properly season and care for a cast iron skillet. So I had the pleasure of being born in Georgia
along with my brother. My dad’s family, a lot of them are from the
south, so Southern cooking is something that we grew up with, even though we grew up in
Massachusetts. SO the first thing you’re going to do is you’re
going to take your cast iron skillet. When you buy a skillet its going to be a silvery
color. What you’re going to have to do is season
it down because you can’t wash a skillet, otherwise it going to rust. You have to season it with vegetable oil,
or another oil, that is basically going to fill the pores of this metal, so that it doesn’t
rust on you. So you’re going to take your skillet and you’re
going to rub it down lightly with vegetable oil both inside and outside. The reason for that is that because you can’t
wash it you want to make sure the outside doesn’t rust even though you’re not cooking
in that part. So you’re going to turn on your oven to about
three-hundred, three-fifty. You’re going to leave that skillet in the
oven for about ten to fifteen minutes. You’re going to take it out, reapply the vegetable
oil, and then put it back in for another ten to fifteen. After that timer goes off, you’re going to
turn your oven off an then leave it in there. What that’s going to do, as the skillet cools
down its going to ensure that your seasoning and your vegetable oil is cooked into that
so that you’re not going to have to worry about your skillet rusting. Each time that you cook from there on after,
you’re going to reapply that seasoning. So after you cook, you’re going to make sure
that you get all of your food particles out of the inside. Depending on how hard you scrub is how much
seasoning you’re going to have to put back in there. So if its something that you have to scrub
really hard you want to make sure that you actually do the full process again, with taking
it in and out of the oven. Otherwise, when you turn your oven off, you
take the food out of the skillet, you’re going to reapply your vegetable oil on the inside
and just leave it in until the oven cools. You always want to hand wash and dry your
skillet. You can’t put it int he dishwasher, otherwise
you’re going to get rid of that full seasoning. Like I said, the more you cook in your skillet,
the more your seasoning is going to build up, and you’re not going to have to worry
about reapplying so often. Eventually you’re not going to have to do
it at all. If you leave your skillet unattended for whatever
reason, if you don’t use it for a while, if you forget about it, or if you accidentally
do wash it and it rusts, you can absolutely fix it. What you’re going to do is you’re going to
take steel wool, you’re going to scrub it down and get all of the rust off of your skillet. You’re going to clean it fully. You’re going to wash it and dry it completely,
so that it doesn’t rust again. You’re going to start from the beginning,
and re-season it again. Even though it is a difficult process, its
absolutely worth it. One of my favorite things to make in my cast
iron is cornbread, my dad uses it to make our stuffing for thanksgiving. I love making deep dish cookies, that’s a
different one that a lot of people don’t realize you can do in a skillet. Depending on the size of your skillet, you
can cook chicken, you can cook vegetables, you can cook just about anything in an actual
deep dish skillet. As long as you maintain your seasoning process,
the more you use it, the more you’re going to realize what flavors come out of your skillet,
and its going to be one of the best things that you could ever do in your kitchen. I hope y’all enjoyed this video, I had a lot
of fun making it, and I’d love to see what you make in your skillet!

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