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What's the best way to season carbon steel on electric range?

DuffyH Mar 9, 2013 06:51 AM

I had no trouble seasoning my CS crepe pan on my smoothtop range. But I've got a country or chef's pan arriving soon and am concerned about the outside seasoning. Here's the pan:


After heating the bare crepe pan, I added some oil, swirled it around, noticed some had dripped over the sides, so I wiped that all over the outside of the pan. It came out just fine. But now I'm wondering if that same method will work on the taller country pan. I'm considering prepping the new pan on our gas grill for better heat distribution. What's your take?

  1. Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2013 10:04 AM

    Do it the same way you did for your CS crepe pan I say. If you want to season the outside, then you can use the oven to do it once. Once is enough. Alternatively, don't worry about it. The outside will eventually get seasoned during the normal cooking process.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      DuffyH Mar 9, 2013 12:49 PM

      <Alternatively, don't worry about it. The outside will eventually get seasoned during the normal cooking process.>

      Well, hell, Chem. I never thought of that. I only wiped the outside of my crepe pan the one time and it's completely black now. Not smooth, what with the odd cooked-on oil drip, but it's the outside, so I don't care. My only criteria for the outside is no rust.

    2. g
      GH1618 Mar 9, 2013 09:23 AM

      Don't you have an oven?

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      1. re: GH1618
        DuffyH Mar 9, 2013 09:35 AM

        <Don't you have an oven?>

        Sure do, but I like to see what's happening. Plus, it's finally starting to warm up, and we've got mid-80º weather on the way. The only oven I'll be using from now until late october is my toaster oven and that rarely.

        1. re: DuffyH
          GH1618 Mar 9, 2013 10:05 AM

          That's an odd reason not to season your pan properly (in the oven), in my opinion. And there's not really much to see.

          1. re: GH1618
            DuffyH Mar 9, 2013 12:45 PM

            <That's an odd reason not to season your pan properly (in the oven)>

            The mfg. doesn't suggest the oven. I don't think I can buy into believing there's one proper way.

      2. Sid Post Mar 9, 2013 09:03 AM

        I don't have the the country pan but, I seasoned both of my "fry pans" with their lower sides just fine on an electric coil stove that only had 2 of the 4 burners working. The 24cm pan was a breeze because the heat made it all the way up the sides. The 28cm pan was more difficult because the only coils that worked were too small so, the sides didn't season as well. Over time when I got "home", the larger pan seasoned just fine with normal cooking on a hot plate. Now that I'm on a regular cheap rental place stove, seasoning isn't an issue.

        Your other option is to season on an LP gas grill/turkey fryer or charcoal hibachi. If you have access to a working oven, that will do the job too.

        1. petek Mar 9, 2013 08:53 AM

          You should be fine seasoning it the same way.My Carbone Plus though not as tall as the country pans, still have some height,and the sides have seasoned perfectly over time.

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