- Simply brush melted shortening in a non-stick pan with a silicone basting brush on your cast iron.
- Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or more, and then let cool.
- If you have multiple pans like I did, then you can put them on a big baking sheet to make them easier to remove.
- Don’t touch them because they will be very hot.
- Cast-iron is one of the oldest cooking mediums around.
- Simply wear good insulated cooking gloves when you mess with this.
- (I only buy shortening to season my cast iron with I never eat it because it’s terrible for your health!)
- Wait until the pans or whatever you’re seasoning cools completely and then rinse with the hottest water that comes out of your faucet and scrub lightly with salt. That will get off the extra shortening that the seasoning put on it.
- Never wash your cast iron with soap! You want to wash it with scalding hot water, or as hot as you can stand, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- Wash your pans using only hot water and salt. Believe it or not I saw a show where Maury Povich I think it was- put some kind of a bacterial sensor on a whole bunch of different kinds of pans that people brought in the studio audience. The one that had zero bacteria was the cast iron skillet that a lady just scrubbed it with salt! I couldn’t believe it!
I hope you all have a really wonderful day today and do something that inspires you.
Written by Paulette Motzko.
Photography and Digital Photo Arts by Paulette Motzko.