Monday, November 2, 2009

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

We follow the directions in Old Fashioned Recipe Book: An Encyclopedia of Country Living
Be sure your cast iron is clean before seasoning; all rust removed and well washed and dried.

Preheat oven to 425° F. Rub pan all over with a generous amount of lard or shortening. Place in oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and apply a second coat to the inside only of the pan (be careful…the pan will be very hot!).

Return to the oven for another 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and apply a third coat. After applying the third coat leave the pan in the oven for two hours, then turn the oven off and let the pan stay in the oven until it has cooled.

Be sure not to leave the lid on a Dutch oven while doing this, the lid will stick on.

Re-season whenever necessary.

Lodge Logic Dutch Oven with Loop Handles

Cooking With Ground Beef: Meat Loaf Burgers

Ground beef is so versatile. There are so many options besides the plain hamburger. Here is one way we "dress 'em up" a bit.

Meat Loaf Burgers
1 pound hamburger
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 small onion; diced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon parsley

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well (clean hands work well for this job). The mixture will be gooey.

Preheat a frying pan and cook the burgers as you normally would.