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Reheat with Oil After Cleaning Cast Iron?

Weizilla | Dec 17, 201407:05 PM

I have a fairly well seasoned cast iron skillet but I'm still confused about the exact cleaning procedure, specifically what to do after the skillet is dry.

Right now, after cleaning and drying in the oven, I wipe the skillet with a thin layer of flaxseed oil then stick it back in the oven for 10 - 15 mins at 400. While this is probably great for the skillet, it's bad for me as it makes my kitchen and living smell terrible.

My question is, do I really need to reheat the pan after oiling or for that matter, even need to oil it at all?

From what I read, some people don't oil it but I'm concerned about the pan rusting. Others wipe it with oil but don't reheat, which I don't understand that because wouldn't the oil turn rancid since it's just sitting on the surface unheated?

I use my pan about once a week but could go a few weeks to a month without using it.

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