New Cast Iron Cleaning, Seasoning, and Care Guide
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New Cast Iron Cleaning, Seasoning, and Care Guide

Apr. 18, 2022

If you've just purchased a new cast iron skillet, then you'll undoubtedly want to learn how to provide your pan with the best cast iron pot care to ensure that it stands the test of time. 
Cast iron is an excellent cookware material that is extremely durable, versatile and heat resistant, making it perfect for everything from creating hearty one-pot meals to more experimental, complex dinner party-style dishes. 
While cast iron pots and pans are relatively low-maintenance, you must still be familiar with how to keep your pots and pans in top condition to ensure their longevity and prevent damage.
So, if you want to learn more about cast iron care - including how to use, clean and store your new pans - read on! Here, we've created an easy-to-follow guide that will help ensure you get the most out of it and keep using it for as long as you need it! 

 

New Cast Iron Cleaning, Seasoning, and Care Guide

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Cleaning cast iron

When you first bring home your shiny new pan, it's a good idea to wipe it down before you start cooking with it. However, washing it, especially for the first time, should be done with care. Many recommend against using hot soapy water on cast iron, but for the first wash, this helps to ensure that all residue is removed and that you don't cause any damage to your pan. Simply use a mild soap and do so gently. Once this is done, rinse the pan thoroughly and dry it thoroughly with a soft tea towel. 

 

Seasoning cast iron

Whether your cast iron pan is new or used, you should season it before cooking. Seasoning cast iron is a process that helps make it non-stick, and if you don't, it can cause food to stick to the bottom of the pan, which can be difficult to clean up afterwards and could mean you'll scratch or scrape off the bottom of your cast iron as well. 
Even if your pan has been pre-seasoned at the factory, it's worth doing it again to make sure you have the best protective coating possible.
Apply a thin layer of oil to the skillet, making sure you've covered the entire surface. There is much debate about the best oil to use for this purpose. Vegetable oil and grapeseed oil work well. 
Cover the pan and place it upside down on an intermediate grill that has been heated to 375°. (You can put some foil on a lower rack to catch the drips.)
Place the pan in the oven for an hour, then let it cool completely.
You can repeat this process a few times, which will build up the layers and make sure your cast iron pan is as sturdy as possible. After this, the fat you use in cooking will continue to add more layers to the pan to keep it in tip-top shape.
 

New Cast Iron Cleaning, Seasoning, and Care Guide

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet/Fry Pan

 

Storing

To store cast iron, you should make sure it is completely dry before storing it, otherwise it may lead to rusting, which will effectively destroy your pan. A single paper towel placed inside will absorb excess moisture and prevent it from being scratched by other pots and pans that can be stacked on top.
When you use your pan for everyday cooking, you should be able to clean it easily with some warm water and a soft sponge. Cleaning the pan while it is still warm (not hot) will help ensure that food does not stick to the surface, which will make the cleaning process much easier. For daily cleaning, it is best not to use soapy water. 
Make sure to be gentle with cast iron while cooking. It is best to use softer utensils, such as wood or silicone, as this minimizes the risk of scratching the surface of the pan. This is especially true when adding seasoning.

 

New Cast Iron Cleaning, Seasoning, and Care Guide

 

By following these tips, you can ensure that your cast iron cookware is well taken care of and ready to use! If you're looking for cast iron cookware to cook with, check out our cast iron collection, or contact us for more information!

 

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