Whether your kitchen has just been installed or is already in use, there are many ways to get the most out of seasoning cast iron cookware. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Oil: You can literally use any type of oil to prepare your food with. Bacon fat, olive oil, soy and palm oil all work very well. Some oils are better than others, however, so the more expensive ones may be your best bet. The drawback to olive oil is that it is too expensive and is hard to find if you do not live close to a grocery store.
- Salt: While salt is a must for cooking, seasoning cast iron pans can also help to enhance your cooking experience. The trick is to know the proper balance of salt and sugar. For example, you want the pan to be salty enough so that you can taste the meat, but not so much that it loses its flavor.
- Lemon or Garlic: This is probably the easiest to do at home. Just take some chopped parsley or garlic cloves and rub them onto the bottom and sides of your pan. It will give you a good flavor and you can actually put it on the hot part of your pan instead of the burner if you prefer.
- Vinegar: You can also try this. Rub a little bit of vinegar onto the bottom and sides of your skillet. The main thing to remember here is to not add too much. Just a bit will do the trick!
- Pepper: This is another great way to spruce up your cooking. Using some freshly ground pepper in the pan can provide a great punch of spice and is easy to prepare. Just mix some with your water and warm the mixture until it is hot and then add it to the pan. It is best to use pepper that has been freshly ground, though. You can learn how to season cast iron on this page.
- Pepperoni: If you do not have the time to cook up a fresh batch of this delicious sausage, you can get away with some frozen pepperoni. Just be sure to check to see that the pepperoni is completely dry before putting it in the pan. Otherwise you could have a big mess to clean up!
- Diced tomatoes: If you can find some ripe canned tomatoes, it is even better. Put a few dices into the pan with the meat and cook them together until they are soft. Add them to the rest of the food that you are cooking in the pan, such as pasta, and stir up the flavors.
No matter what type of seasoning you choose to use, keep in mind the purpose of seasoning in the first place. If you are trying to preserve moisture in your food then using a salt/pepper mixture may be a better choice. Check out this post that has expounded on the topic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasoning_(cookware).