Temper Your Grill
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TemperingCuring, or Seasoning are used interchangeably and mean to fill the pores and voids in the cast iron or steel cooking surface with some sort of grease that subsequently gets cooked into the metal. The practical effect of tempering is a more even cooking heat, a smoother and more nonstick cooking surface. Grills must be tempered and the temper maintained. It takes a while to build up a coating, which is why we suggest you temper before each grilling. When you temper you also spot clean the grill and build up the seasoning of the metal while you are waiting for the grill to reach temperature. When you are done you are good to go. Acidic foods such as Tomatoes are reputed to cut through the seasoning, so be aware. Don’t use whole ButterMargarine or any fat containing salt to Season Cast Iron.