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Seasoning Cast Iron
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Seasoning seals cast iron's surface, protecting it from its enemies: water and air. It helps to prevent rust from forming and food from sticking.

Follow these steps to season:

  1. Wash gently but thoroughly with mild dish-washing liquid. Rinse and dry completely.
  2. Lightly coat inside and outside with unsalted, solid vegetable shortening (like Crisco). Make sure to get all the corners. (Do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil.)
  3. Place upside down on middle rack of a cool oven and turn heat to 350°
  4. After one hour, turn oven off and let utensil cool inside oven.
  5. Remove from oven and wipe off any excess shortening.

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