Questions about taking care of cast iron skillets are some of the most frequent ones we hear from Kitchn readers — how to clean them, how to season them, what to do if someone's auntie accidentally put theirs through the dishwasher. And I get definitely get it. I was in the exact same boat when I picked up my first cast iron skillet years ago. Mine never seemed quite as shiny, as nonstick, or as super-awesome as all the blogs and websites promised, and it was extremely confusing.
I finally learned what I think is the often-overlooked, rarely mentioned secret to perfectly seasoned cast iron cookware. It's not hard or tricky, but it makes all the difference in the world.