Cast iron cookware can be handed down from generation to generation. It requires very little maintenance to keep it in top form. If your pan becomes dull, grey, splotchy, or gets rusty, it could probably benefit from being re-seasoned. Check out the easy steps in this video from Lodge.
Seasoning is simply baking oil onto the iron, giving it a natural, easy-release finish.
Any food-safe cooking oil/shortening will work for maintaining your cookware. We recommend vegetable oil or canola oil.
The best way to maintain the seasoning on your cast iron is to use it! Cook in it regularly using any kind of cooking oil – it’s a great way to keep your pan looking good and performing well. And of course there are all those delicious meals!
Wash cast iron by hand with a natural bristle scrub brush. If needed, use a pan scraper for stuck on bits. For extra sticky situations, simmer a little water in the pan for a minute, then use the scraper when the pan is cool.
Soap isn’t always necessary, but a little mild detergent is fine.
Stay away from dishwashers and metal scouring pads, which can remove the seasoning.
Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Any water left behind can encourage rust.
Rub your cookware with a very light layer of cooking oil, preferably while the cookware is still warm. An oil mister can make the job that much easier.
Hang or store your cookware in a dry place.
Occasionally, you may notice some dark residue on your paper towel or cloth when cleaning. This is perfectly safe – it’s just the seasoning (the baked-on cooking oil) reacting to foods that may be slightly acidic or alkaline. It will disappear with regular use and care.