Re-Seasoning Your Cast Iron Grill - Beginner's Guide

My son calls himself the Pancake King. As a bachelor, he cooks what he likes. And what he likes... a lot, is pancakes. Unfortunately, he did not have the proper tools fit for king. 

Using a standard frying pan that could only fit maybe two good-sized pancakes at a time, he had his work cut out for him. This was no way for a king to live, so we helped him out. 

We gifted him with a Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Double Burner Reversible Grill/Griddle. That's a mouthful, isn't it? But it's the best thing since sliced bread! He's flipping 6-8 pancakes at a time. 

Because the grill covers two burners, we were concerned about heat distribution, but this pre-seasoned grill distributes heat evenly.  It cleans right up with mild soap and water.  I think his life just got a whole lot easier. 

If you're wondering what's meant by "pre-seasoned", let me break it down.

What is Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron?

Pre-seasoning is the process of conditioning cast iron surfaces with oils as a means of providing additional protection from rusting. It is sometimes done by the manufacturer, but it is widely recommended that you as the purchaser do it yourself and repeat the process as your cast iron cookware ages. 

How Do I Re-Season My Cast Iron Grill?

So, I re-seasoned our grill because I really didn't know to what extent it had been seasoned by the manufacturer. To re-season our grill, I followed these steps:
  • Coat both sides of the grill with cooking oil. I used vegetable oil.
  • Place in the oven at 375 degrees ( Use a cookie sheet on the rack below or cover the rack with aluminum foil to catch oil drips). Oil will drip, trust me!
  • Bake for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool.

It turned out great! I love the sheen and I hope my son has many years of pancake-making on  his new reversible cast iron grill/griddle!

If you have experience with pre-seasoned cast iron and if you've ever re-seasoned cast iron cookware, drop me a line!

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