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Welcome! My name is Mrs.G and I started this blog so people could share in my mis-adventures in wedding planning. I married my southern gentleman on September 6th, 2009. Throughout our courtship I became enamored with everything southern and desperately want to become a steel magnolia.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jeremy Irons at the spa; seasoning a cast iron skillet

My beloved Jeremy Irons had a spa day today. He was looking quite rough around the edges and there is nothing like a trip to the spa to rejuvenate a skillet.

It started off with a good long soak, just a soak though no suds here, ok those look like soap suds but I promise it was just from the water.

Then a good hard exfoliation session
 Do you see the reason for a good scour? Rust! Then a good rinse before his massage
 This isn't grime, it's flavor and it breaks my heart to wipe it away.

This was an oil rub massage, oooooooh yeah.
Just pour some on...

rub it in...

He's looking pretty good! I set his sauna temp and ordered an hour's worth of hot relaxation.

Coming out all kinds of good looking.

He looks like a new cast iron!

Now for the real info, I got this cast iron when we got married and stupidly let it sit in storage for the longest time. I was afraid of cast iron you see, to big and bulky. I liked my kitchen tools to be sleek and modern so I let this great gift lay in wait.
When my woman crush on Ree Drummond began I noticed her always using an iron skillet, I mean duh they are wonderful and so is she. I thought back and remember that I had one and I pulled it off of a back dusty shelf and washed it with soap and water.
It rusted.
Like immediately.
 I would scrub it down every time and for some reason I couldn't get it right. So I hit the internet and found some information about cast irons and realized I had been doing everything wrong.
 I apologize to Jeremy Irons every day.
 NEVER use soap, all you need to do for baked on residue is put some water in the skillet and let the water boil it off. Say what?!? This was genius stuff right here. The reason you don't use soap and water is because of the obvious, it can rust and also because it takes away the essence of a cast iron which is the flavor. When you use a cast iron it adds flavor to your food, not gross at all, think of it as cooking with bacon grease makes everything taste better, so does food out of a cast iron. When you use soap it takes the entire flavor out.
Boo, to no flavor.

 Also, if you haven't used it in a while you have to re-season. Uh... re-season? I don't remember seasoning it. So I tried to find out if there was another cast iron strike against me, and from my findings no. You can get seasoned cast iron skillets which mine was. Ha! take that I was one step ahead of the game when I got it... but not now, but I was then and that counts.

 If anyone would know how to season a skillet I decided to turn to my other woman crush, Paula Deen, what didn't help matters was that her son (the hot one) did the video, Educational and sexy.

 To season a cast iron you need to;
 Make sure it’s clean and dry before you start
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
 Rub Veggie oil all over it the inside until it is SHINES LIKE THE TYPE OF THE CHRYSLER BUILDING.
*you can sing Hard knock life while doing this process, I did*
After you are done rubbing, I suggest applying some oil to the bottom of the skillet too, you can put it in the oven for 1 hour.  And you’re done!

 Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie