Hi everyone. I do a lot of latin cooking and wanted something simple and versatile to cook in that I could use on the stovetop, in the oven or outdoors. So yesterday I bought a "caldero" from the latino section of the local grocery store. It's just a simple cast aluminum pot without a non-stick coating. My question is about seasoning the pot before I use it. The IMUSA web site says this about seasoning the cast aluminum calderos:
With a towel or cloth, apply vegetable or olive oil to the inner walls of the caldero. Afterwards, add Ĺ cup of the selected oil to the Caldero. Place on a stove top and cover the caldero. Heat the Caldero at a medium temperature for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Then, remove oil and wipe with a clean towel removing all oil excess. You are ready to cook!
But the label I peeled off the caldero says just to wipe it with oil and heat it over medium heat for one minute. Since the label also talks about caring for the non-stick coating which this pot doesn't have, I'm thinking the website is probably the way to go. But I've never heard of heating 1/2 cup of oil on the stove top for 30 minutes. Is this normal? Is it safe?
Also, if anyone has some tips about cleaning and caring for this pot, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
Oh, here's what I'm talking about...