The directions are not difficult to follow. And you also need patience. The more you use it, the better it becomes. Why do you think your grandmother had hers for eons. And she didn't have the internet to go to for finding out how to do it right. She learned from experience and word of mouth. Folks pay big prices for cast iron untensils at yard sales and antique shops. A cast iron frying pan should be deemed one of our national treasures.