Seasoning is simply layers of oil that is baked onto the pan, through a process called polymerisation. Over time, this builds to form a natural, healthy, easy-release cooking surface that continues to get better with use.
Cooks all over the world have been seasoning iron pans for hundreds of years, and was the norm before the introduction of synthetic, disposable non-stick pans (that should have been introduced into kitchens!). This ‘build-your-own’ seasoning is the only way to achieve a natural, non-toxic, non-stick surface that is forever renewable.
It's up to you how much seasoning you choose to do. Some people like to spend a bit of time initially to create a non-stick surface to begin, whereas others prefer the no-fuss approach of letting it build up naturally through cooking. Your seasoning will constantly change depending on what/how you're cooking. In reality, seasoned pans are often patchy. Don't worry about looks, our pans are built for performance!
For our recommended best practice, follow our easy step-by-step instructions:
We know it can seem a little daunting at first, but you'll soon find your groove!
"I have to admit I too was nervous about care and maintenance when I first joined this revolution. Over time I’ve come to realise my old Teflon pans were the difficult ones. Stuff up once and they’re destroyed. These pans rinse clean and need minimal day to day care. Plus they can always be returned to perfect conditions if you get it wrong." Jon.
"If people centuries ago could do it, so can you! Don't over think it."
"The main thing is to have fun with them and don’t stress if your seasoning isn’t perfect. They get better and better as they are used."
"I'm a renegade. I don't fuss with seasoning and just cook. It's the stress free method that's worked for me for decades. It all works out in the end."
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