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How to Season Your Pans

How to Season Your Pans

Today we're going to show you how to season cooking pans. Pan seasoning is essential to any food service operation, as it keeps your pans from rusting and your food from sticking to the pans. Seasoning cooking pans saves you time and money. We'll show you how to season five different types of cooking pans in this video. A cast iron skillet, a carbon steel fry pan, a carbon steel wok, a tin-plated pan, and a hard coat aluminum pan.

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Pan seasoning is essential for keeping your pans performing their best in your kitchen. This instructional video will show you the proper steps to seasoning your cooking pans based on their material.

How to Season a Pan

How to Season a Pan

For a carbon steel pan, start by washing, rinsing, and drying the pan. Heat the pan on your range on medium to high heat, then add shortening to the pan. Use a clean dry towel to spread the shortening around the interior of the pan, creating an even coat. Remove the pan from the heat, wipe out the excess shortening and let it cool. You can repeat this process up to 3 more times. For a cast iron skillet, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Wash, rinse, and dry your skillet. Place the skillet in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and coat the entire skillet with shortening, inside and out. Place the skillet in the oven for 45 minutes with the baking pan on a rack below it to catch any mess. You can repeat this process up to three more times.

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Seasoning your pans enables you to cook great-tasting food with minimal oil, butter, or fat. It also provides a stick-resistant surface, allowing for easy clean up, and will keep your pans from rusting quickly. Check out this video to learn how to season cast iron and carbon steel pans.

Franklin Machine Products 243-1015 Specs
Length 21 Inches
Width 11 Inches
Height 5/8 Inches
Length (with handles) 24 Inches
Color Black
Features Reversible
Induction Ready Yes
Material Cast Iron
Oven Safe Yes
Shape Rectangle
Type Griddles / Grill Pans

Customer questions about this product

How can I properly care for cast iron surfaces?
In order to prevent unwanted build-up of oils, grease, and food, surfaces should be cleaned after use while still slightly warm. Harsh chemicals or scouring pads should not be used—only hot water and a cloth or sponge are needed. If some areas require extra cleaning, a mild scouring pad can be used. Please refer to our Pan Seasoning Guide for further information on properly cleaning and seasoning cast iron surfaces.
My griddle isn’t heating evenly – is something wrong?
Just like electric or gas griddles, portable griddles are subject to hot and cold spots, depending on the location of the burners underneath the cooking surface. Areas that are between burners will not get as hot as areas that are directly over burners. The griddle material can also affect the consistency of the surface temperature, as different metals heat at different rates.
Does this cast iron pan weigh more than other similar sized pans?
Yes, this cast iron pan is heavier than other similar sized cast iron pans due to the additional material used to make the impressions.
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Franklin Machine Products 243-1015 Details

This FMP (Franklin Machine Products) 243-1015 is used to turn standard, open top ranges into griddles. Ideal for restaurant, school and church use. It offers two grilling surfaces - ribbed on one side and flat on the other side. Made of heavy cast iron with handles. Covers 2 burners.

Length: 21"
Length (with handles): 24"
Width: 11"
Height: 5/8"

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: FMP 243-1015 11" x 21" x 5/8" Portable Cast Iron Griddle with 2 Grilling Surfaces

    5.0 stars from 8 reviews


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    Grill grilled side top Fits burners cast great griddle hot

    This cast-iron Grill was built well it’s very strong and is going to last a very long time we use it for grilled chicken and grilled shrimp

    from DiNardis Pizza&Pasta Posted on

    We absolutly love this product because we love our turkey bacon in the morning and this makes it easy for us to go in and drop our bacon right on top. Awesome product!!

    from Wonderland Montessori Academy Posted on

    This grill/griddle is just about perfect! The griddle side is very smooth, not filled with the uneven bumpy surface found on most new cast iron. The whole pan completely covers 2 burners on my cooktop! And doesn't hang over, lines up perfectly. And the surface area is huge, and the overflow grease channel on the side is big enough to function properly but not so big that it takes up too much of the area. I also found that heating it up for a good 5 minutes ends the problem of hot spots and ensures even cooking. I haven't tried the grilling side yet as I usually use my outdoor grill, even in winter, but at least I can say that it heats evenly.

    Posted on

    We actually use this as an add a shelf over our grill and it functions as a hot plate keeping sauce warmed but not overly hot. Druing prep time, its a good surface for giving things a hit of color.

    from It Takes Two LLC T/A Dino's Grotto Posted on

    These are nice heavy sturdy griddles that fit our larger commercial range tops. They conduct heat very well, cook evenly, and should hold up for many years to come!! We would highly recommend them.

    from Pearlstone Center Posted on

    The Grilled Cheese has come to life with this griddle. Crispy & even cooking. Fits over 2 gas burners. I love the reversible option!! Note: Do not use on flat ranges as you can imagine because all cast iron will scratch smooth-top stoves. Just sayin'.

    from Here, There and Everywhere Cafe Posted on

    Wow! when I ordered this Grill I never expected it be be so solid and versatile. Fits great over to stove top burners. and with the ability to change from flat-top to regular grill I can make anything from pancakes to steak

    from Fragrances on the Run Posted on

    This is a great grill plate to have at home or the restaurant. Its makes great deep grill marks perfect for presentation. and the handles on the side makes it easy to pick up.

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