Can I use sunflower oil to season my cast-iron pan? I know the oil needs to be able to tolerate high temperature and I'm not sure if this oil is fit for purpose.

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You can use most any oil on hand. Sunflower oil is a little pricier than others, but works well and has a neutral flavor. I use it occasionally for maintenance/cleaning on my Griswald #10.

It's not necessarily tolerance to heat that you're looking for in an oil, but oils that polymerize easily, which is (chemically) what you are doing when you season cast iron.

See also: What oil is best for seasoning a cast iron skillet?

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    If you have sunflower oil in the cupboard, the extra cost is minor compared to buying a whole bottle of something cheaper. In fact it's usually the cheapest oil I have. I believe it's cheaper in Europe than the Americas.
    – Chris H
    Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 14:27

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