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How to season a cast-iron skillet:
  1. Scrub skillet well in hot 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.

How to care for your cast-iron skillet:
  • The most important tip is to never use soap!

  • To clean, use a stiff brush or plastic scrubber under running water while the cast iron is still warm but cool enough to handle with ease.

  • Kosher salt is also a good scrubbing agent for baked-on stains. The most important tip is to never use soap!

  • Before cooking, apply vegetable oil to the cooking surface, and preheat the pan on low heat, increasing the temperature slowly.

  • Never marinate in cast iron. Acidic mixtures will damage the seasoning.

  • Reseason if food particles start to stick, rust appears, or you experience a metallic taste.

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