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French company de Buyer's heavy-duty, all-purpose Mineral B Bois pans heat quickly and develop nonstick properties just like cast iron, but they're lighter in weight. There's no better cookware for searing, browning or sautéing: These smartly designed pans have a classic Lyonnaise profile, with sloped sides that are slightly taller than most skillets and especially useful for the quick motions required when tossing or flipping food. De Buyer applies an all-natural beeswax coating to each pan, which not only protects against rust but also provides a foundation for seasoning. The more you use your Mineral B Bois Carbon-Steel Fry Pan, the quicker it transforms from its original gray to mottled blues and oranges before developing a lustrous, fully blackened patina. As the seasoning builds, both through normal care and frequent cooking, the surface also becomes smoother and more nonstick.
Before you use your de Buyer carbon-steel cookware for the first time, clean it with very hot water and rub down the entire surface to remove any excess beeswax; the minute amount that remains will help create a protective layer when you season your pan. Heat oil in your carbon-steel pan—enough to cover the bottom—until it starts to smoke, then discard the oil and rub the cookware down with paper towels. Repeat several times (about 5 or 6) until pan is evenly burnished.
Be careful not to use more than a whisper of soap to wash carbon steel, if any, and dry well. Leaving cookware undried or soaking in a sink will break down your hard-earned patina and potentially lead to rust. In case of stubborn, stuck-on bits of food, scrub the pan with kosher salt moistened with oil, which will simultaneously season the pan. We also recommend wiping a thin coat of neutral oil across the pan’s surface for storage (with use and time, as the patina improves, this will become unnecessary).
Historic French cookware company de Buyer equips each of their Mineral B pans with an all-natural beeswax coating that protects against rust and provides a foundation for seasoning.
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