How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet in 5 Easy Steps

Owning a cast-iron skillet is a right of passage when it comes to becoming a veteran at-home cook. However, owning one can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. Once you have one you can season it in just five steps.

How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet.
  4. Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375°. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips.)
  5. Bake 1 hour; let cool in the oven.

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