How to season Stainless steel pan-Step by step guide

Stainless steel pan

Stainless steel pans and cookware are great options when it comes to cooking healthy and delicious food. They are good at cooking various kinds of food like sauces, searing meat, and any other food that needs to be browned

But there is a drawback that comes with stainless steel cookware that is their stickiness nature. If proper methods are not followed and measures are not taken the food that is being cooked inside the pan can stick to the bottom and sides. It can give a very bad cooking experience. 

But there is a way by which we can avoid the food to stick with the bottom of the pan. This is a very easy method of seasoning which you can follow. Seasoning stainless steel pans and cookware can make them non stick for a short time.  

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Most of the people find seasoning of cookware to be hard. But it is as easy as baking a cake in the oven. You have to follow some simple steps to season your new or old stainless steel pot or pan.

Method of Seasoning Stainless steel cookware

Following is a list of step which you can follow for seasoning of pans.

  1. Washing utensils with soap and warm water.
  2. Mild oiling of the pan.
  3. Heating pan at medium temperature.
  4. Removing pan from stove when and let it cool.
  5. Draining excess oil.
  6. Wiping the inner surface with a paper towel.

These are the 6 easy methods that you have to follow for the seasoning of pans and cookware that you want to season. Below I am going to give a brief description of each of these steps so that you do not miss any crucial part of the process. 

1.Washing utensils with soap and warm water.

You have to wash the pan with warm water and soap from both inside and outside. Do not use wired scrub instead do general scrubbing. Make sure that no oil or adhesives remain at the surface and pan should be clean and clear. When you finish washing your pan, let it air dry. Because oil stick better to clean and wash the pan.

2.Mild oiling of the pan.

You have to put a very minute amount of oil in such a way that it spread evenly over the inner surface of the pan. You can use peanut oil or normal vegetable oil since they have high smoking points(around 200°C).

3.Heating pan at medium temperature.

You have to heat the pan for around 3 to 4 minutes at medium heat. You should avoid high temperature because it can result in even heating of pan. This can ultimately result in incomplete seasoning. If you are planning to season the pan in oven then you have to set the timer around half an hour (30 minutes) to complete an hour (60 minutes) at the temperature of 350 Fahrenheit temperature.

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4. Removing pan from stove when and let it cool.

When oil starts smoking, you have to remove the pan from the stove and let it air dry for around 25 minutes. do not overheat pan because it is not a good idea while seasoning the pan.

5. Draining excess oil.

It is likely possible that you see some oil floating inside pan after it is completely cooled down. You have to drain out this excess oil in a separate pot or container. If you want to dispose of this oil then it is your choice, but this oil can be used for some other purposes. 

6. Wiping the inner surface with a paper towel.

After the pan is air-cooled and you have removed the excess oil, now you have to clean the pan gently with a paper towel. A Paper towel will soak the thick oil layer. Now there will be a very thin layer of oil remained inside of your pan. This thin layer of oil will act as a non-stick surface when you cook food in it. 

You should also follow the tips to cook food in the stainless steel pan without sticking.

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