How to Season a New Cast Iron Kettle

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Iron cookware is a popular cooking medium. It heats evenly, transfers heat well, and can be used for almost any culinary application. However, iron rusts easily and quickly. Seasoning is the process of applying a thin layer of carbon to iron cookware to prevent rust from forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Shortening or canola, vegetable, or peanut oil
  • Oven
  • Wash kettle thoroughly with hot, soapy water and allow to dry completely.

  • Apply a very thin, very even layer of shortening or cooking oil all over the top, bottom, inside and outside of the kettle.

  • If your kettle has a spout, use a paper towel to apply a thin layer of oil on the inside of the spout.

  • Place the kettle in the oven upside down and turn the oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly one hundred and seventy-five degrees Celsius).

  • Allow the kettle to "cook" for one hour, then turn off the oven and allow the kettle to cool before handling.

Tips & Warnings

  • There may well be a lot of smoke caused by the seasoning process, so be sure your kitchen is well-ventilated. If the layer of fat applied to the vessel is not very thin and uniform, the result will be very messy. Wipe away excess oil or shortening with a dry paper towel.

References

  • "Going Dutch"; "Good Eats"; The Food Network; Prod. Alton Brown; May 26 2008
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