My first ever cast iron pan just arrived. The package contains following seasoning directions.
- Wash with clothes detergent (not soap or dish detergent) to remove the rust protection coating.
- Wash thoroughly with warm water to remove detergent. Dry pan.
- Fill the pan with fresh potato peels. Pour sunflower oil or rape oil on them, until it is almost full with oil.
- Leave the pan with the potato peels and oil for an hour on the next-to-highest setting on the stove top.
- Throw away the potato peels and oil, dry the pan with kitchen paper
- Coat the pan with a thin layer of sunflower or rape oil.
Not only don't I want to spend the afternoon peeling potatoes and then throw away most of them (I cannot eat the amount of potatoes needed for these peels), but even the positive amazon reviews for the pan all warn before the stench the charring peels produce during the seasoning:
It lingered for about three days although I changed the fume hood filters, but it is a small price to pay for such a great pan. For me, it is a big price, because I have no fume hood, and there is no door between the kitchenette and the living room/bedroom. I looked up advise on seasoning pans, hoping for some trick, and found this question where the accepted answer doesn't include potato peels (in fact, no answer mentions them).
Now I am unsure whether to use them. On the one hand, I don't want to deal with the side effects. On the other hand, a producer is supposed to know what is best for his products. I don't want to get poisoned by an anti-rust coating residue that would have been rendered harmless in a chemical reaction with potato peels. Besides, I can't use the seasoning process outlined in the question I linked, because my pan doesn't fit in my oven.
I guess it would be easier to decide if I knew of their purpose. Does any of you know of using potato peels for seasoning pans, and can you tell me why they are needed? Or is it just an urban legend the ignorant manufacturer printed in the manual (the pan is not a well-known brand, maybe some hardware manufacturer decided it will be easy to add pans to their product line and made them without gathering enough know-how).