Seasoning a Skillet

There are several ways to season a cast iron skillet. The one I’ve settled on is to place the skillet on the stove top on medium heat. When it starts to heat up, take a wadded up paper towel and rub the inside of the skillet with mineral oil. Yes, mineral oil. The reason I use mineral oil is that unlike shortening or vegetable oil. It never develops that ” old ” taste over time.

Wipe the skillet several more times, then turn off the burner and allow the skillet to cool.

Wipe out the skillet with a clean, dry paper towel and repeat two more
times. Allow the skillet to cool completely and give it a final wipe with another paper towel before you store or use it.

To care for it, only use “Scotch britee¬® pads ( those stiff, rectangular, green plastic scouring sheets)to clean it. Never soak it in dishwater, and remember that even after you clean it, it should still have a slick oil feel to the bottom. Dry it by putting it back on the stove for a few minutes.

You might even want to give it another wipe with the mineral oil.

Remember to cook over a lower burner heat than you are used to, since the cast iron holds heat so well. Too high of a temperature is the most common reason for food sticking to these pans. I also like the “pebble’ or rough textured pan bottoms, as they don’t stick as easily as the smooth bottoms.

3 Comments so far »

  1. toomanygrandkids said

    November 13 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Hi, I wanna try your method for seasoning a cast iron skillet. But I’m not sure how long should it be kept on top of the stove. How long should I keep it on the burner? Thanx.

  2. toomanygrandkids said

    February 28 2014 @ 10:47 pm

    I finally seasoned my skillet using mineral oil. I followed some instuctions on the for removing rust. It came out great. Oh, and I used the oven method.

  3. toomanygrandkids said

    June 22 2014 @ 6:49 am

    I used the mineral oil/oven method to season my cast iron pot but then it started peeling and flakes of metal ended up in my food.

    I seasoned it again using shortening and the peeling/flaking got even worse. I can’t even use it now.

    Any suggestions?

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