Written By Guest Writer Food / How to Cook / Kitchen Tools Feb 28, 2022 Iron Age — Sealing Your Pan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestYour cast iron deserves to be pampered, so here is a method for sealing your pans to keep them in tip-top condition.Got an old pan? Just found a vintage beauty that needs help?THE FIRST STEP IS CLEANING IT!If you have an old dirty or rusty pan, clean it down to the bare metal first. A gunky pan can be sprayed with oven cleaner and left in a plastic bag overnight to remove grease; rust usually responds well to scrubbing, or a soak in vinegar and water.If you find a vintage one that needs more help, you can take it to Blast It (info below). WASH, SEASON, REPEATby Cinda ChavichStart with a clean cast iron or carbon steel pan, season it well (and regularly) and you’ll have a nonstick workhorse in your kitchen for life.A new skillet should be washed well with hot water by hand and dried well before seasoning.Rub the entire surface of the pan, inside and out (including the handle) with a thin coating of canola or grapeseed oil* (use a paper towel, oil should not pool), then heat on the stovetop or in the oven until the surface looks dry. Cool, rub with more oil and repeat (up to a dozen times, say some experts) to create a hard, polymerized sheen.The best way to keep a pan seasoned, and improve its non-stick qualities is to use it. Frying bacon or chicken, caramelizing onions or searing a steak will give your skillet a boost of seasoning. Acidic foods can break down the seasoning, but you can just clean the pan well and start the process again.Apply a very thin coating of oil to your pans after each washing, drying off any excess, to prevent rusting. *FROM FIELD COMPANY’S WEBSITE“The best fat polymerization comes from oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids—the compounds that give ‘drying oils’ the ability to thicken and harden once exposed to air. After testing dozens of seasoning methods with all kinds of fats, our favorites are organic grapeseed oil and sunflower oil. These oils break down into tough but thin coats of seasoning that build well on each other over time.Saturated fats like lard and coconut oil aren’t the best choice for oven-seasoning; as they break down, they don’t open sufficient bonding points for carbon molecules to adhere to the molten polymers. On the flipside, beware of drying oils that are very high in unsaturated fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil. While flaxseed oil is a popular choice on the internet, we’ve found the seasoning it produces can be brittle and prone to flaking. Grapeseed strikes a good balance, is easy to find in most supermarkets, and it’s also a great everyday cooking fat.” BLAST ITScotty will sandblast your cast iron down to the “white”For $30-$55, depending on how badly it’s damaged and how big it is. Or, he will teach you how to do it yourself and you can use his equipment and save yourself a few dollars.2639 Turner St. Off of Bay Street just before the bridge on the left 50 meters up the road.)250 480-7263 Photo by Rayia Soderberg on Unsplashcast ironfrying panpanssealing cast iron SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like 2022 Issues / Drink / EAT Magazine News / Food / Magazine May 6, 2022 May|June 2022 May|June issue on the stands. Read ... Read More Food / How to Cook / Main course / Recipes November 2, 2021 French Quiche—Revised Our apologies for an omission in this recipe in the Dec|Jan issue. In the instructions for making the filling, we neglected to add the milk to the ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More Food / How to Cook / Recipes May 7, 2021 Halibut Stock Halibut Stock Did you know halibut bones make the most delicate yet flavourful stock imaginable? Ask your fish department to set aside the bones ... Read More Comments are closed.