In the old days, cast-iron cookware was the norm and it was a craft to cook with it from seasoning to cleaning. These days, it is much more popular to go with cookware made from more modern materials for easier setup, cooking, and cleaning.
However, for those who really enjoy craft, cast-iron cookware allows for a different type of artistic craft, including seasoning the cookware.
Overstock has a very simple and easy-to-read bullet point guide on how to season your cast-iron cookware.
- For new cast-iron cookware, wash in soap and hot water to remove teh protective wax
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Melt shortening or grease and line the bare spots of cast-iron surfaces
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Place the pan upside down on the foil-lined baking sheet
- Leave the pan in the oven for at least an hour
- Take out and place on stove to cool
That is the abbreviated version. We highly recommend you read the full version and get the nitty gritty details.
While you are at it, make sure to check out our buying guides where we talk about the different cookware materials.
The most popular types of cookware
Other types of cookware
As we mentioned, cast-iron these days are not as popular as stainless steel, aluminum, and multi-clad cookware. Most people would rather have the option of quick preparation, and if there is time, to spend more time perfecting their craft of cooking rather than caring for their cookware and seasoning it.
So while it is fun to read how to season cast-iron cookware, if you are actually in the market to buy, check out our buying guides and make sure that cast-iron is for you instead of one of the more modern types of cookware.