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Spring-Cleaning: Spring-Cleaning the Kitchen - Martha Stewart. Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To. The post after this one on “black rust” describes why you should heat the pan before applying oil for seasoning.

Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To

This helps the seasoning to adhere and makes the pan pleasantly black. In a previous post, I illustrated how I cleaned and reseasoned an antique cast iron popover pan. This was my first attempt, and my seasoning technique was somewhat haphazard because I couldn’t find consistent, science-based advice. I used a combination of organic avocado oil and strained drippings from organic bacon. Cookbook9. Common Ingredient Substitutions Article.