Can you use olive oil to season a cast-iron skillet?

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Yes, you can use olive oil to season a cast-iron skillet. Seasoning a cast-iron skillet is the process of creating a non-stick surface by applying a layer of oil and baking it. Here's how to season a cast-iron skillet using olive oil:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Wash the cast-iron skillet with warm, soapy water and dry it completely.
  3. Apply a thin layer of olive oil to the entire surface of the skillet, including the handle.
  4. Use a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  5. Place the skillet upside down on the middle rack of the oven with a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch any drips.
  6. Bake the skillet for 1 hour.
  7. Turn off the oven and let the skillet cool in the oven.
  8. Repeat the process 2-3 more times, or until the skillet has a smooth, shiny surface.

Note: Make sure to use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil, as lower-quality oils may contain impurities that can affect the seasoning process.

By seasoning your cast-iron skillet with olive oil, you'll create a non-stick surface that's perfect for cooking a wide range of foods, from eggs to steak. Remember to never use soap to clean your seasoned cast-iron skillet, as it can strip away the seasoning. Instead, use hot water and a brush to clean it and dry it completely after each use.

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