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Old 03-27-2012, 10:11 AM
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I think someone started a thread about seasoning an iron skillett and now I can't find it.

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:36 AM
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I have seasoned many of them. I do it this way. Evenly coat the skillet inside and out including the handle with Crisco. Place in 350 degree oven with the skillet facing down so the shortening can drip off and not stay in the skillet or it will bake into a sticky goo. Place foil on bottom of oven to catch the drips. Let bake for about 30 min. Turn off oven and let skillet cool inside the oven. I do this about six times for the skillet to get well seasoned. When I'm baking I season the skillet along with what I'm baking until it is jet black shinny and smooth. The more the skillet is used the more non stick it will be. The new pre seasoned cast iron gives you a head start but it still needs to be seasoned this way.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:57 AM
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I guess I didn't make myself clear enough, I did want to know how to season it, but also how to "burn it off"
as my Grandmother used to say. She did hers on a fire outside but I thought someone here said to do it
when you cleaned your oven.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:23 AM
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You never mentioned about burning it off. I'm not sure about in the oven. I know that my oven is self cleaning and it locks until it's finished and gets really hot. I don't see where it would hurt it though since it can stand the outside fire.
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If you have a fireplace that's perfect to burn off a cast iron skillet. Get it piping hot and then when it cools some use a wire brush and brush it down to clean iron showing. A hot charcoal grill will work too.
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Bdor, my sister-in-law sent me instructions to recondition my old cast iron skillets. Works fabulously -- even baked a cake in it! Click on the link: http://blackirondude.blogspot.com/20...ditioning.html

Personally I wouldn't try it in a self-cleaning oven. I think maybe the temperature may get too hot?

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Old 03-28-2012, 12:23 PM
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Evie, that was a wonderful, very informative link. I have 2 cast iron skillets that I use frequently. This will help me keep them in good condition.
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Originally Posted by jpwagner
Evie, that was a wonderful, very informative link. I have 2 cast iron skillets that I use frequently. This will help me keep them in good condition.
I put mine in a charcoal fire outside to burn them off, when I buy a rusty one. .Then use crisco in the oven as someone else said.. Note ....Dont ever wash them with soap . only hot water. and paper towels will do a good job.I have four and would not part with any of them......cmaras
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Evie
Personally I wouldn't try it in a self-cleaning oven. I think maybe the temperature may get too hot?
No problem. The oven will never get anywhere near as hot as a stove burner. The oven manufacturer, however, my have objections based on what's good for the oven. Mine says to remove the oven racks before cleaning, so there would be no place to set a skillet.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:06 PM
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Thank you for this link, I remember my grandmother had a lot of cast iron, and she never washed them with soap, she just wiped them out with her apron and cooked in them again. How funny, now that I think back on this, my dad did the same thing.
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