Seasoning a Cast Iron Wok | How to Season a Cast Iron Wok | When to re-season the wok?

After seasoning a cast iron or carbon steel wok for the first time using the seasoning a wok with salt method (the best method for how to season a cast iron wok or to season a carbon steel wok), the new surface will be amazing and superb, but over time and with accidents it may degrade and you'll want to re-season the wok to restore it to that pristine condition. Luckily you can re-season a carbon steel wok or re-season a cast iron wok (both) as often as you like, and it won't harm it in the least. But when might a cast iron wok warrant going through a re-seasoning process?

Seasoning a Cast Iron Wok | How to Season a Cast Iron Wok | Re-season the wok now!

Once properly seasoned, a good cast iron wok or a carbon steel wok when used regularly may never need to go through the seasoning process again. Every time you cook a meal with a cast iron wok you are seasoning the wok more, so regular use keeps a cast iron wok seasoned in perpetuity. However, there are three common reasons why you may have to re-season a cast iron wok or to re-season a carbon steel wok. If you have had an accidental recipe death in your wok and it is so filled with burned food that you  must scrape it out and completely scrub the wok with steel wool, then you'll definitely need to re-season the wok. Similarly, if your cast…

Seasoning a Cast Iron Wok | How to Season a Cast Iron Wok | Re-season the wok? Maybe not...

If your cast iron wok or carbon steel wok is trashed, you know you need to re-season the wok, but what about if it's not quite a nifty as after it was newly seasoned, but still seems adequate... maybe...

There is no harm in re-seasoning a cast iron wok or re-seasoning a carbon steel wok, but don't get caught in the trap of re-seasoning over and over again if a little bit of food sometimes sticks a bit. Exercise your own judgement and common sense. Obviously, if food is constantly sticking and your can't cook, re-season the wok right away. On the other hand, if sometimes certain food stick a little bit but most food usually don't stick at all…

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