• A cast iron pan that needs seasoning
  • a roaring fire with a grate
  • food-grade flax seed oil (check your local heath food store)
  • A cloth for coating (Alisa used a high volume low pressure spray gun, but most of us will just use a cloth)
  • A clear day. We did it outside because the oil will smoke fiercely when applied.
roaring fire flax oil Alisa with spray bottle pan back in fire


Heat the pan as hot as you can get it. If you're doing this with an unseasoned pan, you'll notice some pretty amazing coloring happening. The iron will "blue" especially around the edges.

IMG_3861 pan cooling

Your first coat

At this point, hook the handle and take it out of the fire. Using work gloves and an old cloth, wipe a good bit of the flax oil into the pan. It will smoke like crazy. But let it smoke away and place it back in the fire when it's done.

Alisa spraying down a pan with flax oil pan in fire

Any additional coats

Repetition is key. Flax seed is used because it's an edible drying oil. At very high temperature it polymerizes and creates an extremely effective coating on the pan. Alisa applied six coats to her pans. The results were remarkable. At home this can take an entire day between all of the coats, so make sure to give yourself time.

spraying down pan with flax oil pan in fire pan in fire pan in fire


Cast iron pans need love. Often. You may find yourself needing to re-season at some point, but it's a small price to pay for the cooking properties that the pans offer.

pan in fire
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