How to Season Your Cast Iron Cookware

If you own cast iron cookware then you know that to cook successful meals you need to season your cookware correctly.

Without proper seasoning your food will not only stick to the surface but it will also react with the metal resulting in food that tastes and looks unappetizing. Your pans will also begin to rust, making them unattractive.

You can use your raw cast iron cookware in the kitchen and it is equally serviceable for use on the campfire when you go camping.

Raw cast iron cookware will give you many years of good service if properly cared and these pans are often passed down through the generations. So they are definitely value for money.

In fact I have a set of 3 saucepans that were handed down to me from my grandmother and they are in as good condition as when she owned them.  And because I take the simple steps below, they will be able to be handed on to my daughter.

Here are the steps to seasoning your cast iron cookware:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300F and place aluminum foil or similar in the bottom of your oven to protect it from oil spills.  If you have purchased your cast iron cookware as new then you will need to thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap using a scourer to remove any rust proof coatings.
  2. Dry the cookware thoroughly before proceeding to the next step. You can place it in the oven for a short period in order to do this.
  3. Coat the pan and the lid evenly with a heavy fat like lard or bacon grease. Many use Crisco for this purpose. The pan should be coated inside and out.
  4. Place the pan and the lid upside in your oven for about an hour. If you place them right side up then the oil will accumulate in the bottom of the pan.

For best results repeat steps 4 and 5.

Repeating this process once or twice will ensure an optimal non-stick surface to cook on.

Read more about caring for your cast iron cookware…

 

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Dutch Oven – Quick Facts

dutch-oven-cast-iron-with-legsNow just how many items of cookware can boast their own International Society? Well the Dutch oven can!

That’s just how much people love their Dutch ovens.

Quick facts:

– In 1804, Lewis and Clark began on the first ever overland exploration of the United States. They travelled to the pacific coast and back again. On their return in 1806, they named the Dutch oven as one of the most important pieces of equipment that they had taken with them.

– The Dutch oven is the official cookware of the states of Texas, Utah and Arkansas.

– The camp Dutch oven is included as official equipment of the Boy Scouts of America.

Dutch ovens have so many uses. You can cook almost anything in a Dutch Oven including cakes and pies. This is one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment you will ever own.

The Dutch Oven is great for campfire cooking when you are out camping.

Read more about Dutch ovens

Cookie Madness – Our Cooking Blog of the Week

Cookie Madness - Blog of the WeekI just found a great cooking blog that talks about nothing other than cookies and other sweet treats. Cookie Madness is authored by a talented lady by the name of Anna and includes a growing collection of recipes for cookies, cheesecakes, muffins, brownies, pastries and tarts.

Also check out the Tip Sheet that Anna has put together which includes essential equipment and ingredients you will need to make your baking endeavors a success.

This is our recommended blog of the week so head over to CookieMadness.net for a peak.

Free Pasta Lovers Cookbook

If you love pasta then you will love this cookbook…and its free! Just head on over to the Barilla website to download.

And what makes it even more special is that Barilla are donating $1 to the Childrens Food Education Foundation for every cookbook that is downloaded.

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