The Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron pots and pans are the basis of a well-stocked kitchen, and will last a lifetime if you learn the methods for cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware to maintain the cured surface.

Curing (seasoning) cast iron means filling the pores and voids in the metal with grease of some sort, which subsequently gets cooked in. This provides a smooth, nonstick surface on both the inside and outside of the piece.