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How to season A wok. A step by step guide.

Why Seasoning is Essential for Your Wok

Before we dive into the practical steps of seasoning, it's vital to understand why this process is crucial for the performance and longevity of your wok. Seasoning is not merely about adding flavor; it actually forms a protective layer that prevents rust and corrosion, ensuring that your wok retains its non-stick properties and withstands the test of time.

Before the seasoning process begins, it's important to give your new wok a thorough wash with warm water and mild soap. This step removes any protective coating applied during manufacturing. Once cleaned, dry the wok entirely using a clean towel.

1) Place your wok on the stovetop over high heat. Heating the wok will open up the pores of the metal, allowing it to absorb the oil effectively. Keep the wok on the heat until smoke begins to rise from its surface.

2) Once the wok is sufficiently heated, turn off the heat and add a high-smoke-point oil such as vegetable oil or flaxseed oil. Swirl the oil around the wok, ensuring that it coats the entire surface, including the sides.

3) To evenly distribute the oil across the wok, use a pair of tongs or a wad of paper towels to spread it. Pay close attention to the rim and handles, as these areas are often neglected but crucial for a complete seal.

4) Allow the wok to cool slightly before wiping off any excess oil with a paper towel. Once excess oil is removed, heat the wok again until it begins to smoke. Repeat this process of oiling, spreading, cooling, and reheating at least 3-4 times to build up a robust seasoning layer.

5) After the final round of seasoning, let the wok cool completely. Avoid using harsh scrubbers or detergents for cleaning; instead, use warm water and a soft sponge to clean it after each use. Once dry, store your wok in a dry place to prevent moisture buildup.

We hope this little guide is helpful and that you get an abundance of culinary enjoyment from using your Wok in the future.

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