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THE VERY VERY BEST WAY TO SEASON CAST IRON PANS

In previous posts, I have written about how to season your cast iron frying pans.  I had always used oils such as:  grape seed, olive oil, coconut oil, and even tried using rendered duck fat.  While these oils did work – they were very temporary.  It seemed the frying pan was constantly needing to be re-seasoned.  Surely after 5 years of constant use, the cast iron pan should have by then had a well seasoned surface…however, this was not the case.

So, I scoured the internet looking for the best way to create a non-stick finish to cast iron that will last…and I found it!  This post here will show you a step by step process that will create a long lasting non-stick finish to all of your cast iron pans. It really, really works!  Many thanks to the website Instructables.

Although this is a process, it does take time to do, it is well worth the effort.  Who would have thought that natural flax oil could create such a beautiful non-stick finish?  It is amazing.  Since seasoning my cast iron pan a few months ago – it has worked very well – no re-seasoning has been required.

By the way, all of the pictures showing the cast iron pan in this post look like there is a fine layer of oil on the surface of the pan….not so.  This is how the pan looks with it’s cleaned,  sealed in seasoned surface.  And wow, in terms of non stick it is wonderful.

From beautiful pan fired potatoes, with easy over eggs and sausages:

To many a stir fry:

As well as searing chicken or pork chops:

The frying pan always comes out looking like this:

When there are sticky dried on bits, I will use a spatula/flipper to scrape off the bits:

Then I wipe that out with a paper towel.  The next step is to take a damp clean wash cloth and I simply wipe out the pan really really well.  It still comes out clean:

Occasionally, I will use warm water and a cloth if the pan has lots of stuck on bits, but even then, it comes out great!  This process to create a non stick surface is the best I have experienced to date…a method I will continue to use.  Thanks again Instructables for your great step by step process to season cast iron pans.

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