Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Speaking of cast-iron, I know you have to "season" it when you first buy it, does anyone know how to do that? my friend just bought a set and he is freaking out that everything is sticking
I told him I would find out what to do
Here is how someone told me to cure it
Regarding the cast iron skillets...
Prepare your pan by scrubbing it with hot soapy water, ensuring there is no food residue or rust, and dry it completely.
Warm the pan up slightly, and apply a coat of melted shortening to the inside and outside. Liquid cooking oils are not recommended.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put your cookware in upside right, on a foil-covered cooking sheet, to catch any drips. If you use a non-covered baking sheet, it will require a good scrub afterwards - the foil saves on the cleanup.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes. If it starts to smoke, reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees until it stops. This may increase the time by a few minutes, but will not hurt the cure.
Drain off any excess grease, and put the pan back in the oven, this time upside down, for 1 to 3 hours. A re-seasoning may only require half of that time.
Turn the oven off, and let the pan cool down naturally before removing it