Cast iron pans are awesome! They are easy to care for, and cook food at an even heat.
You can go from meats to desserts with equal ease.
Once your pan is well seasoned, there’s almost nothing you can’t do with it. There is a lot of different ways to season your cast iron. The idea is to use a saturated fat that will cool onto the cast iron and stay.
For me, I have found the best non stick coating is obtained from using flax oil. It seems to last a lot longer than other ways to season it (for me) and I don’t worry about the smoke point of the oil.
To season a cast iron pan, or to reseason it, first remove as much of the old coating as possible. You can use copper scouring pad to remove gunk and even rust. Some people will spray their pans down with oven cleaner and put in a plastic garbage bag overnight to help facilitate this. I personally just scrub them.
Next, place the cast iron p in a 200 degree oven to warm them up and open the pores.
I squirted a bit of flax oil, about 1 Tablespoon’s worth on the warm pan. Then, tilted the pan to let it run around before wiping with a rag to spread it evenly.
After they are oiled, bake the cast iron pans at 500 degrees for 1/2 hour. After 30 minutes, turn oven down to 250 for 1/2 hour. Add a bit more flax oil and rub the excess off. Finally, allow to cool completely.
This gives it an awesome non stick coating that will last a long time, with proper care. Some care tips for your cast iron: