How to Season a Grey Steel Pan

How to Season a Grey Steel Pan

In order to take care of your new steel pan, seasoning is necessary.

This process bonds oil to the surface and develop a layer called Patina. Patina not only provides the protection against rust but also makes the pan nonstick. There are many different ways to season a pan, but they all stay in the same point; letting the oil soak in the pan. To be noted, while you’re seasoning; the color of the pan will get darker and darker. Do not freak out, the pan will become black and shiny eventually.

Cleaning

Before the actual seasoning process starts, first we have to remove the oil from the pan to make it clean. Simply use some dish soap, and scrub the pan thoroughly with a sponge. And the pan is ready to be seasoned.

The Standard Seasoning

  1. Place the pan on the stove, burner set to medium heat. Heat the pan until it’s hot.
  2. Turn off the heat; remove the pan from the stovetop.
  3. Pour a bit of oil into the pan, use tongs to hold paper towel and spread the oil all over the surface of the pan.  Be noted, you only want a thin layer of oil.
  4. Place the pan back on the stove, set the burner to medium high heat. Heat until the oil starts to smoke
  5. Turn off the heat; remove the pan from the stovetop. Let the pan fully cool down.
  6. In order to develop the thick and durable Patina, repeat the steps above for 5 times.

The Quick Seasoning

  1. Place the pan on the stove; add a layer of salt on the surface of the pan.
  2. Burner set to medium heat. Heat the pan until its color changes. .
  3. Turn off the heat; remove the pan from the stovetop.
  4. Pour out the salt, let the pan cool down for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour a bit of oil into the pan, use tongs to hold paper towel and spread the oil all over the surface of the pan. Be noted, you only want a thin layer of oil.
  6. Place the pan back on the stove, set the burner to medium high heat. Heat until the oil starts to smoke
  7. Turn off the heat; remove the pan from the stovetop.
  8. The pan is now ready to use.