Just bought a camp oven and wondering how to season it correctly?
In this article, I will teach you step-by-step how to season a camp oven. I will also discuss the importance of seasoning a camp oven and explain each step of the process in clear detail.
Why Season Your Camp Oven?
You might be wondering why you need to season your camp oven before using it.
Well, seasoning your camp oven adds a Teflon-like, non-stick layer and helps prevent your food from getting that metallic taste. It is a process known as polymerisation.
In addition, seasoning your camp oven helps prevent it from rusting. That way, you’ll be able to keep cooking delicious food using your camp oven for years to come.
Although some camp ovens come pre-seasoned, many don’t, so it’s good to be aware of the process.
The process of seasoning is exactly the same for cast iron and spun steel camp ovens.
What You’ll Need
Before you begin seasoning your camp oven, you should prepare everything you need beforehand.
- Liquid soap
- Scouring pad
- Heatproof gloves
- Paper towels
- Heat source (campfire, BBQ grill, or oven)
Step 1: Clean your oven
The first step is to give your camp oven a thorough clean. This will help get rid of anything strange left over from the factory.
Use liquid soap, some water and a scouring pad to clean the inner and outer surface of the camp oven. Then, rinse off the soap and dry the oven with some paper towels.
This will give you a nice clean camp oven to work with.
Step 2: Heat it up
Next, place the camp oven upside down in a heat source. The best heat source is a campfire or some hot coals.
Place the lid and the camp oven itself upside down separately in your heat source for about 30 mins. The hotter it is, the more effective the seasoning process will be.
Step 3: Spray some oil
Add a thin layer of oil evenly both inside and out. Spread the oil by wiping it with some paper towels. You’re gonna want to see an even shiny surface throughout the camp oven.
If you like, you can put oil on the paper towels and wipe it directly on the camp oven.
Remember, at this point, your camp oven is super hot. Wear your heatproof gloves to avoid getting burned.
Also, if you’re doing this indoors, you may want to disable your fire alarm.
Step 4: Put it back on the heat
After you’ve applied oil evenly, put it back to the heat source for about an hour. Make sure to place the camp oven upside down to avoid the oil from pooling which could create a thick layer that easily scrapes off.
Step 5: Wipe excess oil
Lastly, give the camp oven some wipe down to remove some excess oil. The oven should have an even shine which signals that the seasoning process worked.
Once the seasoning process is done, you can get started cooking some delicious camp oven recipes.
Snowys has a great video on seasoning camp ovens.
Seasoning a camp oven is a very straightforward process. You can’t really mess it up.
The two most important things to remember in the process are to make sure the camp oven is really hot. And that you apply only a thin layer of oil evenly. Once you’ve nailed that in the process, everything else should be pretty easy.
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