Whether you’re salvaging a garage sale find or breaking in a new set of cookware, here’s how to re-season a cast iron pan – the easy way…
Every homesteader knows a cast iron pan (or two, or five) is essential to have in your kitchen! Cast iron – when properly seasoned and cared for – can last practically forever, and will give you a lovely non-stick surface without all the nasty chemicals of modern “non-stick” pots and pans.
If you’re new to cast iron, or if you’ve just stumbled across an old pot or skillet at a garage sale and want to give it new life, it’s important to know how to re-season cast iron properly. Most new cast iron pans aren’t really seasoned well enough to just start cooking in right away (yes, even the ones that say “pre-seasoned”).
Proper seasoning is a must if you want to get the most out of your cast iron cookware. It doesn’t need to be intimidating either. All you really need is some steel wool, oil (lard or other saturated fat works best), and an oven or hot grill. (Doing it outside over a grill will help keep you from smoking up the house!)
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to re-season an old cast-iron pan: