Seasoning: It's Not Just Salt and Pepper

Cooking with a cast iron skillet, it's almost inevitable that you're going to use it to cook at least once on a camping trip. A cast iron skillet can take a beating and you can cook whatever you want over the open campfire with it. The hassle is that almost everything you plop in there ends up sticking to the cast iron!

Seasoning Cast Iron Skillet

For the longest time, no matter how much cooking oil I'd dump into my cast iron skillet, I'd still find myself spending more time than I'd like scraping away remnants of burnt food that got stuck to the cast iron. That is until I started seasoning my cast iron skillet.

Seasoning a cast iron skillet might sound complicated or weird, but it's actually quite simple and very helpful.

Here's what you need:

Here's how to season your cast iron skillet:

Oil it up

Take your clean cast iron skillet and pour in some cooking oil. You want enough to coat the bottom on your cast iron skillet. If it doesn't spread entirely right away, don't sweat it. The cooking oil will be more spreadable when it heats up.

Heat it up

Heat up the cooking oil in your cast iron skillet. At this point, make sure the cooking oil is spread evenly.

Wipe it off

When the cooking oil begins to give off some smoke, turn off the burner, fold up a couple paper towels, and carefully wipe out the excess cooking oil. Make sure you wipe the cooking oil along the sides of your cast iron skillet as well.

Cool it off

Now wait about 10 or 15 minutes for the cast iron skillet to cool off. You're going to notice that your cast iron skillet is now a little shiny and slick. That's exactly what you want.

What you just did was expand the pores in your cast iron skillet, allowing the slick cooking oil to seep into those pores. Then when you let your cast iron skillet cool off, you let your cast iron skillet trap that slick cooking oil in its pores. Now when you got to cook, it has a non-stick surface.

Seasoning Cast Iron Skillet

Make sure you season your cast iron skillet regularly. You'll notice that as you continue to season it, you'll need less cooking oil over time because you're building up that seasoning.

Want to see this tip in action? Check out the video below.

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*Photos courtesy Justin Fricke
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Justin Fricke
Blogger at The Weekend Warrior
As a member of #TeamSierra, Justin Fricke receives promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post. Justin traded in his comfy desk job for a life of adventure on the road. Nowadays he's a freelance content creator while living in a van full time, exploring America. Follow his adventures on his website, The Weekend Warrior, and on Instagram and Facebook.
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