New iron cookware is pre-seasoned, but the iron skillets that I found at a garage sale several months ago were in dire need of re-curing.

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MawMaw taught be how to care for my iron cookware so that they would last a lifetime (barring hurricanes, of course). The process is very simple.

First, lightly coat the inside of the pot with vegetable oil while the oven is pre-heating to 475 degrees.

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Next, place it upside down on a sheet of foil in the oven.  Allow it to “bake” for 30 minutes. If the pot is unusually pitted, repeat the process. This will build a smoother surface. Iron cookware is naturally non-stick, so if you find your food sticking to it, this just means that the pan needs re-seasoning.

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Note: The oven will get quite smokey, but that’s just part of the process.

Turn the oven off, and allow the pot to cool in the oven.

Voilà! Isn’t it lovely?

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There is nothing like iron cookware, I guarantee you that!

I hope that you are enjoying all that fall has to offer. ♥ Stacy

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