How Do You Temper A Cast Iron Skillet?

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Rendering or seasoning cast iron is a very important step in order to extend the life of the cookware. This prevents rust and creates a good cooking surface. Old, rusty cast iron cookware can be rejuvenated by scouring off the rust with steal wool before you begin the rendering process. This process must be repeated several times throughout the life of the cookware. A well rendered skillet is black and shiny. Wash your skillet in hot, soapy water to remove any food or dust from the cast iron. Rinse well with warm water. Dry it with a towel. Take solid vegetable shortening or cooking oil on a paper towel. Grease your skillet on the inside and outside. All cast iron surfaces need to be covered, including the handle. It does not take much. Do not use so much that it drips. Place a baking sheet or some aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven in order to catch any grease drips. Grease drips could cause an oven fire. Place cast iron skillet on top rack. Turn it upside down so the ... more
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