Seasoning cast iron involves applying oil or fat to create a non-stick surface on a pan or skillet, preventing rust and enhancing its cooking abilities.
A cast iron pan that's sticky can be prone to rust since food particles and moisture trapped in the sticky surface create conditions for rust to form.
A properly seasoned cast iron pan should feature a smooth, non-stick surface that enables easy food release. When the surface is sticky, food adheres to the pan, causing challenges in both cooking and cleaning processes.
Warm the pan over low heat on the stovetop to aid in loosening any leftover food particles or residue that might be causing the stickiness.