My husband loves cooking with cast iron skillets. His favorite one was a well used 10 inch skillet. He made the mistake of letting one of the girls take the skillet on a camping trip and it never returned. We finally found a great new LODGE brand 10 inch cast iron skillet at Atwoods. He was so thrilled to once again have a "cornbread" skillet. The following information is what he did with the cast iron skillet to get it ready for cooking.
Instructions for seasoning a new cast iron skillet:
Wash with soap and water. Rinse and dry.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Place piece of aluminum foil on middle rack of oven.
Rub shortening all over cast iron skillet.
Place the skillet upside down on the aluminum foil in oven.
Bake at 250 degrees for one hour.
Turn oven off and just let the skillet "rest' in the oven until it is cool.
Now your new cast iron skillet is ready to use!
Always wash and dry your cast iron skillet immediately after using. After wash/dry my husband places his cast iron skillet on top of the stove with burner turned on medium to heat the skillet enough to make sure it is dry. If cast iron skillet is left wet it will rust. Now you are ready to get your own cornbread skillet and use the next recipe on this blog...