Seasoning Cast Iron
with an Onion for Outdoor Ovens and Camping
Need advice on seasoning
pots effectively? Use an onion and see how to season cast iron pots
with our simple instructions.
Weather you cook on an outdoor
oven in the summer as I do sometimes or you love to camp, now is a good
time to pull out all that cast iron and get it ready for the new year.
people season their cast iron pans with oil in the oven. I don't. When
I was first married, years ago, my ex mother-in-law told me one and
only one thing I could ever take with me in life - season my cast iron
with an onion.
Yes... an older watery onion. Not rotten one,
but one with a lot of juice. The kind of onions you have about
December in winter storage.
Instructions for Seasoning Cast Iron
You may think this will make your
pans taste like onion, surprisingly it doesn't. The first time you use
it, it may a bit, however after that the pan is normal and if you like
onion, its no big deal. Cut a juicy onion in half and rub it
into dry cast iron. It's ok if it's even a bit rusty. The onion will
take care of a limited amount of rust as well. Use elbow grease ( that
means really push hard and rub the onion into the pan.)
the onion dries, slice a thin layer off and keep going. It's time
consuming and may take a few onions depending on how dry your cast iron
This method of seasoning cast iron will allow you to wash
the cast iron in water and will keep it oiled for about a year with
normal use. The more often you do it, the better your cast iron will
I also wear what I call "Onion Goggles" as onions really
affect me. The rest of the world calls these special full eye covering
plastic things, safety glasses. Like I said it's time consuming,
however in the long run lasts longer than oil and it allows you to wash
the pan normally.
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seasoning cast iron as Gypsy
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