Cast Iron Care Tips

Simple care can prolong the life of this useful equipment for generations.

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Cast iron is a great solution for cooking from most cooktops to grills and even the oven. With proper care, cast iron can last a lifetime. The key is creating and maintaining the "seasoning."

Cast Iron Care

Cast Iron Care

Caring for Cast Iron

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Cast Iron Care

Cast Iron Care

Caring for Cast Iron

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

To season your cookware, line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil to catch any drips. Heat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly coat the cookware with vegetable shortening using a paper towel or plastic bag. Place the cookware inside on a rack, upside down so the excess fat can drain. Note: you can use vegetable oil for this, but it sometimes results in a sticky surface. Cook for 1 hour and then turn off the heat. Allow the cookware to cool completely in the oven.

Cast Iron Care

Cast Iron Care

Caring for Cast Iron

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Use the cookware as usual, adding a bit of fat for cooking as needed until the non-stick coating develops. Hand wash the cookware with a mild soap, if desired, immediately after each use. Fully dry it immediately and lightly coat it with vegetable shortening before storing. There is no need to bake the cookware each time. 

More to consider…

  • Never soak cast iron. 
  • Do not wash cast iron in the dishwasher.
  • Apply just enough oil or shortening to the cookware to restore the shine, but not be sticky.
  • Never use cast iron in the microwave
  • Do not slide cast iron on glass or ceramic cooktops.
  • Cast iron can be used with all sorts of utensils, including metal.
  • Because the cookware is generally one piece, the handles can become very hot. Use protection for your hands while handling.
  • Highly acidic foods can damage the seasoning. Avoid cooking these until a solid seasoning is developed.
  • If rust appears or the seasoning becomes damaged it can be re-seasoned following the steps above. 
Cast Iron Care

Cast Iron Care

Caring for Cast Iron

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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