Here at Dot’s Ace Hardware, we love our cast iron cookware so much that we’re proud to offer a great selection of Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron cookware. But for those of us who have inherited family heirlooms or found great pieces at garage or estate sales, there are a few simple steps to properly seasoning your cast iron skillet.
First, scrub it with hot, soapy water. Next, spread a thin layer of shortening or vegetable oil over the pan. Then, line the bottom of your oven with foil and bake the skillet upside down at 375 degrees for an hour. Let it cool in the oven.
Now, your skillet should be seasoned! After you use it, don’t soak it in the sink. Rinse it with hot water right after you’re done cooking. If there’s a lot of cooked-on food, you can scrub it with coarse salt to help remove it. While you should never soak it in dish water, it IS ok to occasionally use a few drops of dish soap when cleaning your cast iron skillet—just don’t make it a habit or you might lose some of your nonstick seasoning. If the coating gets sticky or develops rust, you can always scrub it with steel wool and re-season it. And finally, always make sure you dry it thoroughly after cleaning so that it doesn’t get rusty!