Seasoning Your Cast-Iron Pan
A good Dutch oven does double duty over and under the fire.
This accomplishes the initial seasoning, but remember, the more you use your pan, the better the seasoning gets. Never put cast iron in the dishwasher.
More tips from David G. Smith, the Pan Man
Seasoning vehicle: Crisco is his favorite. “I used to use lard, but then when I went to outdoor shows, it would turn cloudy and the pans wouldn’t look very good. An old guy who’d been in the business for decades told me his secret. His pans always looked better and sold better than anyone else’s.”
Storing cast iron: Wipe out the pan well with a paper towel first. “People put too much fat in them and then put them away for months, and then wonder why the fat turned rancid.” If your climate is humid, just coat the pan with the barest minimum of oil to prevent rust. If your climate is dry, that’s not necessary.