What is Crisbee?
Crisbee is a proprietary blend of oils and beeswax formulated for initial seasoning and daily maintenance of cast iron.
Why was Crisbee created?
Crisbee is the result of the owner’s research and experiments with cast iron seasoning. He was looking for the best way to season his own cast iron pans, and wasn’t entirely satisfied with the options out there. The traditional and modern methods for seasoning cast iron: oils and fats, were used merely out of convenience; they were already in the kitchen, not because of their results. While the most popular cast iron seasoning of the time did a decent job, it tended to produce a very undesirable smell. Experimenting and coming up with various blends to avoid this problem, the founder also discovered that the new formula also seemed to bond better to the iron. An egg would slide around the skillet.
After a lot of studying and experimenting he had created what he had always been looking for. It made these vintage cast iron pans he was restoring look amazing.The pans went from looking a hundred years old to looking like they were brand new. He restored vintage cast iron and sold them after seasoning them with what would become Crisbee. Other restorers and cast iron collectors would ask him if he could give their pieces the same treatment. He began doing this for people all over the country and the rest was history. Before long, he started shipping out his magic blend in the hockey puck shape we now lovingly know as The Crisbee Puck.
How do you use Crisbee?
Initial seasoning of cast iron:
1. Preheat cast iron in a 200° F oven for 30 minutes.
2. Lightly apply Crisbee to the cast iron. Use a lint free cloth to spread evenly and completely..
3. Once you have it coated, take a shop towel or paper towel and try to wipe off all of the Crisbee until the pan appears completely dry. This is an important step to prevent any Crisbee from puddling and turning into a sticky mess.
4. Place cast iron upside down in oven.
5. Heat in oven at 400° F for one hour.
6. Turn oven off and let the pan cool slowly.
7. Repeat these steps 3 times and your cast iron is ready for use!
Daily maintenance of cast iron:
1. After use, wash cast iron and dry thoroughly.
2. Place cast iron on stove top over medium low heat for just a few minutes.
3. Remove from burner and lightly apply Crisbee on cooking surface only.
4. Wipe off with a paper towel and it is ready for storage.
Note: instructions are also found on the back of our products.
Why should I use Crisbee?
If you like cooking in cast iron Crisbee is your friend! It’s also great for restoration; if you are interested in preserving a piece of cast iron as a family heirloom, or potentially increasing the value of collectible pieces, for example. Our products also prevent food from sticking so you don’t have to bask your food in oils, if you care about that. Preventing food from sticking makes clean up easier and also improves food presentation which can be very important. Rust prevention is another feature people really like about our products. To sum it all up, the common thing we hear from Crisbee users is they love the protection it brings their cast iron, that it makes cast iron maintenance simpler, and cooking with cast iron more enjoyable. It’s really easy to use, and we are always eager to help with any questions regarding our products, seasoning cast iron, cast iron care, and cast iron in general.
One Puck will last at least 8 weeks with everyday use!
Crisbee is a vegetable-based cast iron seasoning made with vegetable oil, beeswax, and palm oil. Larbee is an animal fat-based seasoning made with lard and beeswax.
No, it is not necessary to strip your pan. Just follow our instructions for Initial Seasoning of Cast Iron.
Usually it is because the oil was applied too thickly. Wipe off until it appears completely dry to avoid the oil pooling into little sticky spots of partially polymerized oil.
A lot of Crisbee users love seasoning their carbon steel with our products. We have not tried seasoning stainless steel, but if you try and it works for you please let us know!
Each Crisbee Puck is 3.25 oz.
A Crisbee Stik holds 2.65 oz of Crisbee.
Crisbee gets its palm oil from a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); this is the group that sets the criteria for sustainable palm oil farming.
Here is a very helpful video done by guru Jeffrey Rogers, a.k.a. The Culinary Fanatic on stripping and reseasoning cast iron: Click Here To View In New Window. You may also find our Crisbee Puck Demo video helpful for maintaining your cast iron cookware if it is already ready for seasoning.
Yes, Crisbee works great on carbon steel cookware when used as directed.
We recommend Bar Keepers Friend powder cleanser for light surface and flash rust on cast iron. Just scrub off the rust with some water and Bar Keepers Friend, wash your skillet with soap and water, then follow our initial seasoning instructions HERE.
If your grates don't have a black porcelain coated finish then, yes, you can season them. Bar Keepers Friend powder cleanser will remove most oxidation with a Scotch Brite sponge regardless if you have porcelain or not. You won't get flare ups, because you will be polymerizing the Crisbee in the oven before any direct flames come in contact. If you were to rub Crisbee on and not bake it in the oven it will smoke profusely. Don't apply Crisbee to a porcelain coated surface because it will not polymerize to this type of surface.
We are proud to support our local Florida beekeepers. Our beeswax is all hand filtered and never bleached or altered. Each batch has its own unique scent and color. In case you wondered why our products are always a slightly different color, it all depends on what the bees provide us.
Absolutely! We have many customers who choose Crisbee to season and protect their Blackstone and Camp chef griddles.