Season Your Cast Iron

This is probably the most important step in cast iron cooking.

Wash cast iron cookware soap and hot water
Dry thoroughly. Place in 200 deg. oven (lids separate from dutch oven)
Heat for 5 minutes. Remove and rub inside and outside with shortening
Return to oven, increase temperature to 300 deg and heat for 60 minutes.

Turn off heat. Leave cookware in oven for 60 minutes more. Wash
in hot water. Dry and repeat the process, wiping away any excess oil
Season cookware after each use by washing  drying, then coat
lightly with shortening and heat in 225 deg oven for 15 minutes.

(as an alternative after each use you may
just wash, dry and coat with shortening. Inside only)

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