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Learning how to properly season cast iron cookware will ensure years of dependable service. Cast iron is durable, and when properly seasoned, it is essentially non-stick and is often passed down for generations. Seasoning is a fairly simple process and should be performed prior to the first use.

Cast iron has been used for thousands of years. It contributes a small amount of iron to the diet and is popular with chefs for its even heat retention and ability to go directly from the stovetop to the oven.

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1. What is Cast Iron Seasoning?

You won't need herbs and pepper when seasoning cast iron. Seasoning cast iron refers to creating a polymerized layer that adheres to the surface of the pan. This slick layer creates a non-stick surface, which becomes slicker with regular use. When cleaned and stored properly, the seasoning on a cast iron skillet can last for years.

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