Did you know that you have to season a cast iron skillet?
My cast iron skillet is one of my favorite pieces of cookware.
Every time I use it, I think of my mother's pineapple upside down cake. Delicious. Moist. Like no other.
I won’t even attempt to make a pineapple upside down cake. Because really, why would I??
I was recently talking about a recipe to a friend that requires a cast iron skillet. And my friend said, “girl I have a cast iron skillet that I have never used cause I need to seasoning it.”
It sounds like a daunting task, but really it’s not. So let’s talk about it.
If you already know how to season your skillet and you are here for the recipe…
Why you need to season a cast iron skillet
Have you even set out to make a meal and in the middle of it wanted to scrap it because it just sticks to your skillet and won't let go?
Well if you are using a cast iron skillet that may be because it hasn't been seasoned.
Most cast iron skillets do not come out the box with a non-stick surface. So seasoning them enables you to use your skillet without your food sticking to it and ruining your recipes.
Season that skillet girl!
What is seasoning?
Seasoning your cast iron skillet is simply coating it with oil to enable the non-stick surface.
It is just that simple. You thought it was gonna be hard, didn't you??
How to season a cast iron skillet
- Clean well with soapy water.
- Dry thoroughly. Like all the way!
- Pour oil or shortening to cover bottom
- Heat oven to 400℉
- Bake for 1-hour upside down on a foil-lined baking rack
- Leave it to cool in the oven
- Once your skillet is properly coated, you have a seasoned cast iron skillet ready to make all the deliciousness your heart and belly desires.
- If you are not sure where to get started, I got you!
A couple tips for caring for your cast iron skillet
- Do not clean in dishwasher, always handwash
- Always dry skillet thoroughly to prevent rusting
- Always cook using heated oil
- Try to avoid using soap to clean if you can
You can take your newly seasoned cast iron skillet for a spin with this Lemon Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake.
Y’all know how much I love breakfast right? And pancakes? And the only thing that makes them better is when you can cook enough for everyone all at once and in less time than it takes to say “I’m hungry”.
Done in under thirty minutes you’ll be the breakfast hero deserving of all the accolades.