How to Re-season a Cast Iron


Last fall as we were coming back from a small weekend getaway to Maryland, Kurt and I stopped at the Cracker Barrel for some lunch and whatever we might find at their country store. I was looking to purchase my first cast iron skillet. As we drove home I couldn’t wait to test out my new toy and that weekend I used it to make some beans. And then I did the unthinkable, I washed it, not knowing that it should not be washed directly in water. At the time I didn’t give it a second thought, put it away and forgot all about it until it was time to use it again. Well needless to say the second time I used it my food came out tasting disgusting. I found out that my cast iron needed to be re-seasoned.

Here is how I fixed it.

  1. Wash your cast iron skillet well with some soap and water.
  2. Dry it and liberally apply vegetable oil all over the inside.
  3. Put a baking sheet or aluminum foil at the bottom of your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees
  4. Place your skillet upside on the top rack. The oil will drip down on to the aluminum foil and coat the skillet.
  5. Leave it in the oven for 1 hour, then turn off the heat and let the pan cool completely before removing.
  6. Store uncovered in a dry place.