Caring for Cast Iron Cookware


Your cast iron pan should appear smooth, rich, and black

not dry, patchy, dull, rusted, or dirty

I'm on a crusade for cast iron cookware. It's just so practical! You can cook and bake practically anything, anywhere, inexpensively, forever! Like so many relationships, you just need to understand and give what they need to be at their very best. It's worth it!

Routine Maintenance

You have a well seasoned pan, or a pre-seasoned pan

Do not soak.

Rinse under hot water while scrubbing clean (easier while pan is hot/warm). I have a dedicated scrubber for cast iron-it’s a bamboo wok scrubber that never sees soap.

Dry the pan thoroughly by placing it on a burner on low heat until all traces of moisture disappear. Put a few drops of oil in the warm pan, and wipe the interior with a waded paper towel or a clean rag until it is lightly covered with oil. Then, using fresh paper towels or clean rag, rub more firmly remove all excess oil. The pan shouldn’t look or feel oily.

Turn off the heat and allow the pan to cool.

Re-seasoning

An acidic food, or improper cleaning has removed the seasoning from your pan

Stovetop - Wipe inside with wadded paper towel or a clean rag dipped in oil, leaving no streaks or pooling. Heat pan over medium heat for about an hour. Cool. Repeat 2-3 times as needed until it looks smooth, rich, and black.

Oven - Heat oven to 300°F. Wipe with wadded paper towel or a clean rad dipped in oil, leaving no streaks or pooling. Place in the oven for about an hour. Cool. Repeat 2-3 times as needed until it looks smooth, rich, and black.

Heavy-Duty Cleaning

You have stuck on food or you’ve discovered a pan that is rusty or gummy

Fill with a 1/4 inch of oil, then place the pan on a stove set to medium low for 5 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and add 1/4 cup kosher salt.

Using potholder, silicone handle, or tea towel to grip, use a scrubbing brush (no soap) to scrub pan. Warm oil will loosen food or rust, and kosher salt will have an abrasive effect. You can scrub with a wad of aluminum foil too.

Rinse pan under hot running water, dry well, and repeat as needed.

Select stovetop or oven from below.

Stovetop - Wipe entire piece with wadded paper towel or a clean rag dipped in oil, leaving no streaks or pooling. Heat pan over medium heat for about an hour. Cool. Repeat 2-3 times as needed until it looks smooth, rich, and black.

Oven - Heat oven to 300°F. Wipe with wadded paper towel or a clean rad dipped in oil, leaving no streaks or pooling. Place in the oven for about an hour. Cool. Repeat 2-3 times as needed until it looks smooth, rich, and black.

Oil

I use organic flax seed oil or organic avocado oil. I’ve used olive oil, coconut oil, and Crisco in a pinch.

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