How to Season Tortilla Press?
Some may say only cast-iron pans and Chinese woks only needed seasoning as they are heated and used for cooking. Now to correct you every cast iron utensil needs seasoning, cast iron isn’t treated the same as stainless steel thus it will oxidize in other words develop rust over time.
What Is Seasoning?
It can be said seasoning is a layer of carbonized oil. Seasoning is just oil baked and heated onto cast iron and carbon steel. It gives your utensil that classic black patina. Seasoning forms a natural, easy-release cooking surface and helps prevent your utensil from rusting.
It may take a little extra effort, but a well-seasoned cast-iron pan or tortilla press will last for years of abuse. Please note that if you aren’t using a manual cast iron tortilla press and you have an electric press you don’t have to go through this upkeep.
The Seasoning Process
Everyone has their own ways and tricks to achieve the proper seasoning which may be a closely guarded secret in your family and passed on for generations but we at Foodieswiki have compiled a simple procedure that any amateur cook can follow:
- Detach your press if you have to option to do so
- Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
- And submerge if the stains persist
- Give a thorough final rinse
- Dry thoroughly.
- Spread a thin layer of melted shortening, fat or vegetable oil over the skillet.
- Place it on a middle oven rack at 375°F or 200°C. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch the fat drips.)
- Bake 1 hour; let cool inside the oven.
Some Tips You Should Consider:
- You must clean after every use, use a sturdy brush or plastic scrubber under running water while the cast iron is still warm but cool enough to handle with ease. Flakey sea salt is also a good scrubbing agent for persistent stains. The most important tip is to never use soap!
- To rid of rust stains, rub this handy rust eraser on the stain you can easily get them online.
Cast iron is a strange mixture of incredibly durable and unusually delicate if not taken care of. But wonder if you can spare some time to maintain it, the material is physically sturdy, but also highly reactive.
This means even a droplet of water sitting in your cast iron tortilla press can leave a rust spot and ruin your taco night. This was our take on how to season your press now get on making some tacos. Adiós.