How To Clean and Season Your Cast Iron Skillet

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If you’ve ever owned a cast iron skillet, you know that caring for it can be tricky. In fact, seasoning a cast iron skillet is practically an art– and of course Martha Stewart knows how to take care of it for life.

How To Clean and Season Your Cast Iron Skillet:


When you first get your cast iron (or if you’ve had one for a while that just needs some TLC), you’ll want to scrub the pan clean and wash it with hot, soapy water and a Brillo pad. Wash the inside and the outside of the pan, including the handle. Dry it completely and use a solid shortening (like Crisco) to rub down the inside and the outside of the pan using a paper towel.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place your cast iron upside down on a cookie sheet, and let it sit in the oven for a couple of hours. Turn off the oven and let the pan sit until the oven is completely cool.

Do this once, and you shouldn’t have to do it ever again! From then on, you just have to rinse your cast iron with hot water after each use, and dry it immediately. To continue to strengthen the seasoning of your cast iron, Martha recommends cooking high-fat content foods on it. Easy enough for me!

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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