Look at this little beauty I found at a flea market for $1.50. I can find a cast iron skillets in almost any thrift store for next to nothing, so quess what, they are a cheap investment for your kitchen. There are so many reasons to use cast iron, I like the way my food cooks and bakes; it browns nicely and stays hot. I can move it from stove top to the oven without melting a handle, and cast iron is non-stick; really it is, just keep your cast iron nice and seasoned. Need a little iron in your diet, try cooking in cast iron. Lastly, on my list of reasons I like cast iron is it’s pretty much indestructible. I was using my mothers 8″ cast iron skillet for over 20 years before my daughter packed it in her suitcase, now she is using it, they last forever.
So back to my flea market find. It doesn’t look like this skillet has been used for a while so it definitely needs some attention; it has a little rust in it and the seasoning is gone. Here is a tip and trick on how to bring an old cast iron skillet back to life.
Thoroughly wash the cast iron with hot soapy water and use a brush or scouring pad. This is the only time I will use the soapy water because the seasoning is gone. Once seasoned, no more soap. Rinse and dry.
Thoroughly wipe a thin layer of oil all over the cast iron with a paper towel, front and back.
Turn your oven on to 400 degrees and put a cookie sheet on the bottom rack of the oven just in case some oil drips. Then put your cast iron in the oven upside down on the rack above the cookie sheet. Bake for 1 hour.
Your done and your skillet is nice and seasoned. No more rust and a nice shiny and smooth surface.
Looks so much better doesn’t it? My cast iron skillet is ready to fry an egg or even make a small cobbler. But wait, I don’t get to use it, someone’s going to find this under the Christmas tree this year.
I just want to say here that I had a new cast iron skillet that was not polished like an old Wagner and I had to do the seasoning process twice before I was able to cook with it.
So now your skillet is seasoned, how do you care for it after you use it; it’s really easy.
- Scrape any left over food out of pan when done using.
2. Before your cast iron totally cools off, wash with warm water, don’t use soap. If you have bits of food that does not come off, pour some salt into the pan and wipe with a paper towel. Rinse with water.
3. Dry the cast iron completely.
4. Wipe the cast iron with a little bit of oil and then store in a dry place. I oil the inside after each use and the outside when I feel it needs some attention.
Do you have a favorite recipe you use cast iron for, I would love to share it here on One Hot Oven.
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