For cooking enthusiasts like you and me, seasoning is the term that often resonates with our culinary practices time and again. We really just can’t start cooking without the seasoning. I love to experiment with new and various kitchenware and well, Gotham steel pans are my new project. With all the fried egg and cheese sliding right off the surface in the infomercial, I was quite impressed and here I am seasoning this beautiful pan for the first time before use. I’ve written some really easy tips and tricks that might help you season your Gotham Steel pans in the long run. I also think you guys might want to check out my Gotham Steel Pan Review if you were interested in buying one.
How To Season Gotham Steel Pans
As easy as it looks, the seasoning is a hell lot of work. I mean you cannot go casually about it at all. Although our Gotham pans are all about the non-sticky hype but it’s still steel folks! Without seasoning, cooking is never the same. So, here you go!
- I am guessing you guys have unboxed your pans and can’t already wait to start off. But firstly, we need to wash our pans with soap and water properly, like we do with all new things. Right? Okay, maybe not. But we have to do it here.
- Make sure you use warm water to wash off the soap. It’s just that they’re new and you can’t afford to put them in the dishwasher. (not even in the first rack, no!)
- Now I’ll make it clear that we’ll be using the burner to go about the seasoning but you always have the option of using the microwave which is convenient as well. I also remember a lot of you asked me about this in my previous seasoning post. My advice is that you choose whatever works best for you.
- I personally like the traditional kind of seasoning that I’ve been doing forever, well basically what my mom taught me a long time ago and the best part: it never goes wrong.
- So, put your pan on the burner and heat it on medium-high for at least two minutes. The whole purpose is to heat the pan so that the oil we put next is properly warmed up.
- You must now choose the oil you are going to use. You can also use any vegetable oil. I would advise you to use groundnut because it helps with the smoking and we would need our oil to smoke up fast. You can also see this research for details on smoking points of different oils.
- A very big “don’t” here is olive oil because it’s too light and we definitely cannot use it on a steel or aluminum pan. If you need a long-lasting seasoning, then it would be better to use groundnut or canola oil. But if you have flaxseed, then you’re set too.
- So, I put the groundnut oil in the pan after it’s been heated. The trick is to keep the heat at medium-high and sway the pan a little so that the oil gets to the whole surface inside.
- One thing that I do is to use a napkin to spread it around a little inside.
- Next up, you should let the oil smoke for some time.
- Remember that smoking is the process by which seasoning actually works. You will be able to see the oil smoking up and that’s a good sign.
- I also read in a study that stainless steel pans are really strong and resistant to corrosion which is why smoking them up a little longer works just fine and gives them a better seasoning.
- After this, turn off the burner and let the pan cool completely and then wipe the excess oil off it.
- Your pan is seasoned but you must always wipe it after cooking. To make your seasoning last longer, washing the pan with soap is not such a good idea.
- Another advice that I would like to give is to season your pans twice a year or more if you feel like it.
I tried my best to explain the procedure and lay down the steps that are easy to understand. I hope your queries are all cleared and if not, I’d be happy to help anytime. Also, let me know how did you season your Gotham Steel Pans and how well it turned out. Cheers!