|These are the three pans I purchased at an antique store|
before cleaning and seasoning.
I purchased some really great vintage cast iron pans at an antique store while on vacation for under $20 each. They had so much carbon build up on the them that I couldn't read the maker on the bottom. When I got home and examined them closer, the thought actually crossed my mind that these may have been beyond saving. I took a gamble and I put the pans through 5 easy steps to restore them. Guess what? I couldn't be more pleased. They are wonderful!
Here is how you can turn this:
|Carbon and rust from improper care and storage.|
|*Ignore my dirty burners, please. |
I hadn't cleaned up for the night yet!
Now on to how to season a cast iron pan in 5 easy steps:
Step 1. Place the pan in you self-cleaning oven face-down. Set to clean and walk away. Allow to cool overnight. Use a paper towel or old rag to dust off the now powdered carbon build up. I actually took my pans outside to wipe them off because of the amount of carbon build up was so bad that it was now a thick layer of dust.
|Use Your Self-Cleaning Oven To Do The Dirty Work|
|Vinegar and Water Soak|
|Coat pan with Coconut Oil|
Step 4. Repeat step 3, adding another layer of Coconut Oil generously, except increase the temperature to 350. Heat and let completely cool. Do this process between 3 to 5 times until you have a well seasoned pan.
|This pan has been coated, heated, and cooled one time. |
Back it goes for more until the coating is even. The well-seasoned
pan will feel slick like non-stick cookware.
|Scrambled eggs slide off the correctly seasoned surface.|
|After pan has cooled, rinse with water, wipe out any food particles, |
and lightly coat with another layer of oil to maintain the season.
- Tip: Allow cast iron pans to completely cool (cold to the touch) before cleaning. Never immerse or run a hot cast iron pan under water. This will warp your pan. Move hot pans to an unused burner to completely cool before cleaning.
- To help maintain season: Heat your pan in a 100 degree oven, carefully remove, rub a layer of Coconut Oil on the pan, and return it to your oven. After an hour turn off the oven and allow to cool completely. Wipe excess Coconut Oil out.
- Do Step 4 over the course of a week. I did this step each evening and allowed the pan to cool in the oven overnight.