Monday, January 26, 2009

Jill Storm's Method for Seasoning an Iron Skillet

Ingredients and Tools:

1 Iron Skillet -- any size
Mild dishwashing liquid
1 can Crisco shortening


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Thoroughly wash skillet, then towel completely dry.
3. Liberally coat skillet with Crisco shortening. There is no need to apply excess, but make sureyou've used a liberal amount.
4. Bake skillet in oven for 1 hour. Should the skillet smoke during this process, don't worry. This can be a normal part of the seasoning process. Just turn on your vent hood.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Repeat the above steps often. It may take years before the skillet is fully seasoned.


Place oil or Crisco in skillet, add a little salt. Wipe out excess with paper towel. Do not wash the skillet as this may cause rusting. Should your skillet develop rust, use steel wool to remove rust and repeat the seasoning process.


  1. I'm so glad you posted this, 'cause if my mom wasn't into cooking (and hadn't seasoned up her own skillet) I never would have known about this practice. I *LOVE* finding out this kind of information! Thanks so much for sharing it. :)

  2. Thanks, Catie! I'm glad you found it helpful :) -- KC