How to Use and Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware

Posted by on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I love my cast iron cookware.  I have 4 skillets ranging in diameter from 4″ to 14″  I like to use the largest on to bake casseroles, dressing, or deep dish pizza.  Cast iron cookware is a must for cooking cornbread.  I love to bake biscuits on my 10″ baker which was handed down to me from my MIL.  And I also have a cast iron griddle/grill to use indoors our over the campfire.  I have a Dutch oven that I allowed to rust (shame on me) and came across the following tips from the Lodge cookware website for the proper care and use of cast iron. I thought you might find it interesting!

The following is use and care for Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware. By Following these instructions, your Lodge Cast Iron can last you more than a lifetime.

Using Your Lodge Cast Iron

Rinse with hot water (do not use soap), and dry thoroughly.

Before cooking, apply vegetable oil to the cooking surface of your pan and pre-heat the pan slowly (always start on low heat, increasing the temperature slowly).

Once the utensil is properly pre-heated, you are ready to cook.

TIP: Avoid cooking very cold food in the pan, as this can promote sticking.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Handles will become very hot in the oven, and on the stovetop. Always use an oven mitt to prevent burns when removing pans from oven or stovetop.

Cleaning your Lodge Cast Iron

After cooking, clean utensil with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. Using soap is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. (Avoid putting a hot utensil into cold water. Thermal shock can occur causing the metal to warp or crack).

TIP: If you are having trouble removing stuck-on food, boil some water in your pan for a few minutes to loosen residue, making it easier to remove.

Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of oil to the utensil while it is still warm.

TIP: Do not let your cast iron air dry, as this can promote rust.

Store in a cool, dry place. If you have a cover, or lid, for your utensil, place a folded paper towel in between lid and utensil allowing air to circulate. This prevents moisture from collecting inside the utensil, which can cause rust.

TIP: The oven is a great place to store your cast iron; just remember to remove it before turning on the oven.

NEVER wash in dishwasher.

If for some reason your utensil develops a metallic smell or taste, or perhaps rust spots (maybe a well-meaning relative washed your utensil in the dishwasher or with soap thinking they were being helpful), never fear. Simply scour off the rust using a very fine grade of sandpaper or steel wool and refer to our section Re-seasoning Your Lodge Cookware.

IMPORTANT PRODUCT NOTE: If you have a Lodge Grid Iron or Pro Grid Iron Griddle, make sure to place it over two burners, allowing the griddle to heat evenly and avoid a stress break or warping. It is also a good to preheat the griddle in the oven before placing over burners on top of stove.

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One Response to “How to Use and Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware”

  1. Eliseon 01 Feb 2012 at 6:46 pm 1

    Great tips!!!

    I am SO glad you said NO soap, people always look at me crazy when I say not to use soap :)

    My MIL cooks often with CI. I only have one piece, a comal.