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How To Season Cast Iron Cookware



Seasoned Cast Iron Frying Pan

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Cast iron cookware is the ultimate in durability. When properly seasoned your pots and pans will last a lifetime – and probably longer!

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 60 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Coat your new cast iron cookware with vegetable shortening (inside and out).
  2. Place in a 300 degree oven for one hour.
  3. Remove, and wipe off any liquified shortening. Your pan is now seasoned!


  1. To avoid a mess in the oven, place a piece of foil under the pan.
  2. A true no-stick surface takes time to form. To avoid cooking frustrations, only use your pan for meats and other fatty foods in the beginning.

What You Need:

  • Vegetable Shortening
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