One of my favorite ways to cook a steak is to use a cast iron skillet on the stove. I really like cooking in cast iron because it heats evenly and gets very hot which allows for excellent searing. Cast iron also lasts a really long time and is very inexpensive. If properly seasoned it is essentially non-stick. You do need to do a few things to maintain it.
Most Cast Iron cookware on the market these days come pre seasoned, but that being said some do not and it is important to re-season your cast iron cookware every few years. It is a very simple procedure if you follow these easy steps:
- Rub your cast iron cookware on all sides with light grade cooking oil such as canola oil using a clean kitchen towel.
- Blot of any excess and preheat your oven to 450.
- Place the cast iron pan, upside down, in the oven, with a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom to catch any drips.
- Let the pan season for 30 minutes. Once done, turn off the oven, and let the pan cool to room temperature in the oven.
I usually repeat this process three or four times to get a really good seasoned finish. Be aware that this process will generate some smoke, so be sure to turn on your fan and open window if possible.
After you cook in your cast iron cookware, you should wash it lightly using hot water and dish soap. Do not scrub it with a scouring pad or wash it so vigorously that you remove your seasoning. Dry it completely then lightly oil it by rubbing all sides with light grade cooking oil with clean kitchen towel. Some will tell you that you should never wash it, but I believe you should. For one, it’s just good sanitation and the left over oil in the pan will become rancid if the pan is not cleaned. Just be sure to dry your pan very thoroughly before oiling – and never put it in the dishwasher.
If you follow these easy steps your cast iron cookware will last for decades. Cheers!