Lodge Cast-Iron Seasoning Instructions

Lodge cast-iron cookware is solid and durable enough to last a lifetime with the proper care and cleaning. It is seasoned in the factory and so does not require seasoning when purchased new. However, the manufacturer suggests re-seasoning a cast-iron piece if food begins to stick to the surface or if you notice a dull, gray color.

Season cast iron in the oven.

Step 1

Wash the cast-iron cookware with warm soapy water and a stiff brush. Rinse and dry it thoroughly with a towel.

Step 2

Melt approximately 1 tbsp. of vegetable shortening or use 1 tbsp. of cooking oil. Apply it with a pastry brush to coat the entire inside and outside of the cast-iron piece.

Step 3

Line the bottom rack of the oven with aluminum foil to catch dripping oil or shortening.

Step 4

Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5

Place the cookware on the top rack of the oven upside down. Leave it to bake for at least one hour.

Step 6

Turn the oven off after one hour and allow the cookware to cool in the oven.

Step 7

Remove the cast-iron piece after it cools and store it uncovered in a dry place.

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