This quick video shares some tips, tricks, and mistakes to avoid when seasoning your cast iron pots and pans…
A well-seasoned cast iron pan is practically a must-have for any respectable homesteader’s kitchen! In fact, we have several of them, and they are some of our most well-used pots and pans – I don’t know what we’d do without them. When seasoned properly, you will have a non-stick finish without any harmful chemicals or coatings like Teflon pans – and if you treat them well, your cast iron pans will last you a lifetime – and beyond!
Note: Most cast iron pans today will say they are “seasoned” when you buy them, but if you try cooking in them right away, you will likely be disappointed. Most pans require further seasoning at home to achieve a satisfactory result.
You can season your cast iron using any number of types of oil, but according to this post, unsaturated fats will bond with the metal faster, so they work the best if you are looking for a quicker seasoning process. Avocado oil, flaxseed oil, and sunflower oil will all work well. You can also use lard or bacon grease if you prefer, though they may take a bit longer.
While it’s not difficult to season a cast iron pan, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind that will help keep your cast iron in tip-top shape for generations to come.
Watch this video for a quick and helpful how-to including temperature, timing, and common mistakes to avoid when seasoning your cast iron pots and pans: