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curing cast iron cooking grate

jake42jake42 Posts: 932
edited 1:01AM in EggHead Forum
Just got my cast iron cooking grate. I cured it with Crisco vegetable oil. Worked fine (except for the slightly sticky reidue that was left)
but after doing so and following up I had read that using lard or bacon grease would have done better. Can anyone give me some advice?


  • jake42,
    I know with Lodge cast iron cookware (pots,pans), vegetable oil is what they recommend in the instructions.[p]Mike

  • jake42jake42 Posts: 932
    I grilled some burgers shortly after I cured it and they came out great. Just trying to find out the best way to do it.

  • Toy ManToy Man Posts: 416
    Crisco is fine but it sounds like you did not cure at high enough temperature or for too short of time.[p]475 for an hour is what I would have done.[p]10 other people will chime in with 12 other opions.[p]
  • BordersBorders Posts: 665
    jake42, my grate is in great shape. After each cook, I scrape it with a brush, and spray it with Crisco spray, close the lid and let it cool. The combination of oils from the cook, heat, and oil seems to cure it nicely.

  • GeneGene Posts: 99
    After high Temperatures I don't have any cure left on mine. So it was recure every time. I just forgot about it and use it. Gene

  • jake42, you had sticky residue left because you 1) used to much oil, or 2) did not have it hot enough.[p]I would not worry too much about the seasoning for a cooking grate. Cooking utensils - such as cast iron dutch ovens and fry pans / grids - yes.[p]You are going to get this grate so hot that any "seasoning" will be burned off. Not so with a DO or a fry pan. Just keep it clean of food junk.[p]I think someone posted below that they give a swipe with veg oil when they are done with the cook. Good advice.[p]You need to realize that, yes this grate is cast iron - but it will be subjected to temps way higher than would be normally used for cast iron equipment (DO's, frying pans, etc.)[p]Cast iron and the BGE are a great match but I have been using cast iron long before I was blessed by the BGE!![p]just IMHO.[p]LVM

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,468
    Gene, i agree, just use it will be fine

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