Back in March I did a post about our Kitchen Must-Haves and our number one item is the cast iron fry pan. I figured it was time to go over how Hubby got this thing to where it is today.
Seasoning is probably the most important thing when it comes to these types of pans. It’s the seasoning process that gets them to be nonstick and the cleaning that keeps them that way.
New or old this is the process that we (and by we, I mean Hubby) took. Getting a cast iron pan to become come nonstick takes a lot of love, sweat and tears (of joy when it’s finally done)!
Start with a pan that has a nice smooth cooking surface. Some new pans have a textured surface and these are no good! The best place to find a smooth cast iron pan is at an antique store, or maybe online?
Start with a wet and soapy wire pad and scrub the crap out of the pan. I mean it! Really giver on that thing. Hubby probably worked on it for more than an hour. He got it down to where most of the black residue was gone and it had a nice silver colour again. Heat up the pan a bit to ensure its totally dry before continuing! Since we’re dealing with iron, its going to start rusting really fast once its dry… Gotta get through one seasoning cycle before its safe to leave alone.
The more you use the pan with care, the better its seasoning will become.
To keep the seasoning perfect do not, I repeat, do not use soap. Ever. Sounds gross, I know, but using soap on seasoned cast iron is a big (and I mean big) no no! It will take away your hard-earned seasoning.
If you are the type of person that lets dishes soak then I’m sorry but cast iron isn’t for you. Having water sit in the pan can make it rust. Eww.
Cast iron pans are probably the most versatile thing in your kitchen, just don’t boil water in it… It can wear down your seasoning
Don’t turn up the stove too high or the seasoning will burn. We don’t turn our stove past 4 (out of 10) ever
Always heat up the pan before using it, it will hold the heat longer so you don’t need a high heat
The handle gets hot! You’ll need an oven mitt. We’ve had ours for 6 years and I still do this…so know that you won’t be loan when you do touch it
Use paper towel when drying it. The oil will just get over and ruin your nice dish towels
When you cook with cast iron, the food absorbs some of the iron which is healthy for you!