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Quick Start Guide for Cooking in Cast Iron

Step 1

Seasoned and Ready to Use

Lodge cast iron comes seasoned and ready to use right out of the box. Just give it a quick rinse, hand dry, and start cooking.

Step 2

Pre-Heat Your Skillet

To ensure even heating, gradually pre-heat the cast iron skillet on a similar-sized burner. Since cast iron holds heat, it's not necessary to use a heat setting above medium. These steps help prevent food from sticking. Don't forget to use a hot handle mitt!

Step 3

Add a Little Oil

Once your pan is pre-heated, add a little oil or fat. Then simply add your food! (Note: if you want to use butter, start with oil, and then add butter right before you add your food.)

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What does seasoning mean?

Seasoning is just a fancy term for the oil baked onto the cast iron pan. It's what gives your skillet that classic black patina look. Seasoning forms a natural, easy-release cooking surface and helps prevent your pan from rusting. A well-seasoned cast iron pan can last for generations.

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