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Old 02-08-2009, 10:06 AM   #11
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With the initial seasoning do follow the instructions.

A note on vegtable based oils in your DO. If you are using your DO every 6 months then it is not a problem to re-season with vegtable based oils. HOWEVER, if you get beyond that point then you might be in for a big suprise when you open your pot and get knocked over with the rancid smell. Usually it is not this bad but when I had used crisco in the past I would sometimes open my DO to find a hint of that dreaded rancid smell.

Your best bet is to always re-season with lard. 2 reasons:
1. It will NEVER go rancid. I had a DO sit for 12 months and opened the lid to find a sweet smelling beautiful blackness shinning back at me. The aroma smelled as if I had cooked in it just minutes ago.
2. Like crisco it goes from a solid to liquid so its easy to transport and it is also the cheapest oil out there!

The only other oil that you can use that will never turn your DO rancid is mineral oil. I have a tuff time with the idea of mineral oil in my precious DO's so I stick with lard.

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:59 AM   #12
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Seasoning cast iron before using


I have a Bayou Classic dutch oven set and used the following instructions which worked well:

To season your cast iron proceed as follows:
  1. Spread Crisco [the popular brand of shortening made entirely of vegetable oil] on the inside and outside of the cast iron.
  2. Then put the cast iron in the oven or on a grill.
  3. The charcoal grill is preferred, because there is an odor which could stay in your kitchen.
  4. Let the cast iron stay on the grill until the charcoal goes out.
  5. If you do not have a charcoal grill, put it in the oven at 350° between 45-55 minutes
Hope that helps


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