Cast iron cookware is the ultimate natural nonstick cookware but it has to be seasoned properly to build up a natural nonstick coating. Not only does cast iron provide a natural nonstick surface but it can withstand high temperatures without off gassing harmful fumes unlike Teflon coated nonstick cookware. Some manufacturers of cast iron cookware, like Lodge, pre season their cookware so it’s not entirely necessary to perform any seasoning. This article will explain the best way to season cast iron cookware. You shouldn’t expect to get the non stick performance of Teflon or ceramic coated cookware but you can get surprisingly close if you follow the steps we will outline.
What you will need to season cast iron
- Your cast iron cookware (clean)
- A high temperature edible oil such as Flaxseed
- An oven capable of at least 500º
- A rag or paper towels
How to season cast iron cookware
- Coat your cast iron pan thoroughly with an edible oil such as flaxseed oil
- Wipe the excess oil away with a rag or paper towel
- Place in your oven upside down
- Turn on your oven and set the temperature to 500º
- Leave the pan in the oven for one hour
- Turn off the oven and let cool for 2 hours
- Repeat the steps 1 through 6 until you are satisfied with the results
What kind of rice is used to make sticky rice?
Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning
So now that you can answer “why are Japanese rice cooker so expensive?” I hope that you can better appreciate the difference between a cheap rice cooker that simply works on a pressure switch that’s triggered once enough water has evaporated and an advanced computer controlled rice cooker that can fine tune itself and automatically adjust to changing water requirements as well as be tuned to specifically cook different types of rice and different types of rice dishes. Rice is popular here in the United States but it is under appreciated. There is a wide variety of incredibly delicious rices and rice dishes out there to be enjoyed. With a proper Japanese rice cooker you can try them all out at home yourself as if you were a true professional Japanese chef.