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How to Season (or Re-Season) Your Cast Iron Pan or Skillet

Seasoning or re-seasoning your cast iron pan, or grill, is easy business.  Follow these instructions and you’ll be good as new. Please click the following link if you need advice on how to properly clean or repair a cast iron pan.

How to season (or reason) your cast iron pan

Things You’ll Need

  • steel wool
  • soap
  • oil
  • aluminum foil
  • paper towels
  • your pan
  • an oven


  1.  Clean off the old rust or sticky oil using steel wool.  A stiff brush will do as well.  Scrub the entire surface with soap and some hot water.  Never use soap to remove old food from your pan, unless you mean to re-season the entire pan!
  2. Dry well with paper towels
  3. Apply a small amount of oil.  1 teaspoon is enough for a 10″ pot.   Do not over oil – otherwise the pan will sticky!  Use your hand or a damp paper towel to spread it even over the entire pan.  Coat everything (nooks, crannies, handles, etc) evenly.  Be sure to coat the outside of the pan as well.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degree, and lay down aluminium foil on the rack (to catch any drippings).
  5. Put the cast iron pan in the oven, for one hour.
  6. Time’s up! Turn off the oven, prop the door and let your cast iron pan dry completely.

That’s it! Good as (or better than) new!

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