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Because I don't cook ... by me0w (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Jul 09, 2015 at 11:52:06 AM EST
What does it mean to season a pan?

It's pretty straightforward by notafurry (4.00 / 5) #2 Thu Jul 09, 2015 at 12:01:34 PM EST
You send it down to the minors to get some experience with different batters.

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Seasoning by Gedvondur (4.00 / 2) #3 Thu Jul 09, 2015 at 12:14:15 PM EST
Cast iron will rust, like any other iron.  To prevent that and to create a more non-stick surface, you season the pan.

Seasoning for cast iron means polymerizing a thin layer of fat to the surface of the pan.  It gives the pan that black look you see in the "before" picture of the griddle.  In the 'after' pictures you can see the pan looks silver or grey.  That's the color of the raw cast iron.

So you season by heating the pan up and applying a fat.  I use vegetable shortening, aka Crisco.  When the whole pan is covered you wipe it down, leaving it looking almost dry.  Thinnest layer you can get.  Then into the oven for an hour at 500 degrees.  This will change the nature of the fat and polymerize it, leaving the pan seasoned.  You normally do this three-six times.  Continued use of the pan will add to the seasoning.

More detailed instructions and care tips will be in a later diary.

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