Friday, March 2, 2012

Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet

I have to laugh because
a friend called and asked-
How do you season a
Cast Iron Skillet?

I have always taken it for granted
that everyone knew how to season their skillets.

He said he never heard of Cast Iron Skillets
until he moved to Louisiana.

The process is very easy.
And once your skillet has a good seasoning,
you are set.
In fact iron skillets are passed down
like the "good" china.
I got my set from my Nanny.

All that you need is your
Cast Iron Skillet
Lard/vegetable oil
Paper Towels
Stove & Oven

Step 1 (only if your skillet is new)
Wash in hot water and liquid soap.
This will remove the protective wax coating.
For re-seasoning rinse with hot water.
Wipe dry with paper towels, or dish cloth.

Step 2 Dry the skillet by heating it on the stove
and cool.  Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Step 3 Place a dollop of lard into the skillet. 
Rub the lard into the skillet, outside and handle.

Don't coat the bottom! 

If you do when you cook with the skillet
the lard will burn and smoke up your kitchen.
Trust me!
You will not like the smell.

Step 4 Place the skillet into your pre-heated oven.
Cook for 3 hours.

Step 5 Cut off oven and allow to cool with door
closed 4-6 hours.

Step 6 Wipe down with a paper towel leaving
a thin layer.  Repeat 

Now you are ready to cook.
We recommend cooking something greasy like
I always recommend
The 1st couple of time cooking with 
your skillet it may smoke.

Here are a couple of tips to keep your skillet seasoned.

Wash with hot water and very little soap.
Never, NEVER put into the dishwasher.
Wipe dry with paper towel/dish cloth.
After wiping place on hot stove to completely dry.
Store with lid off so moisture doesn't collect.
Place a paper towel inside to absorb moisture
(this will prevent rust)
Do not boil water in your skillet- this promotes rust

Did we mention NEVER place in the dishwasher?

Your skillet is now seasoned.
It will look and cook the same in 20 years.


We like to cook cornbread in our skillet.
Everyone gets a cripy and buttery end.
Here is our special cornbread recipe.

Joie de vivre = "joy of living"
 – this saying and attitude is the way of life in south Louisiana. 


  1. Hey, thank you for this info. I've had mine about 3 years but I didn't go through the proper steps. I cook cornbread in mine too! Thanks again, Katy


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