Cast Iron Care and Maintenance
Guide to Cast Iron Care
Read on for what basic cleanup of a cast iron pan looks like:
1. Rinse with warm water and use a brush or scraper to remove stuck-on bits.
- If you used enough fat for cooking, you might not need more than a quick rinse with warm — but not soapy — water and a gentle scrub. You can also use a gentle brush or plastic pan scraper to remove stuck-on food.
2. For really stuck-on food, scrub with salt and oil, rinse and wipe clean.
- If rinsing and scrubbing aren’t enough, pour a few tablespoons of canola oil and a few tablespoons of kosher salt into the pan and use a paper towel to scrub the pan with this mixture until it comes clean, then rinse.
3. Dry the pan and coat with a thin layer of oil.
- Dry the cast iron with a clean towel and then place over low heat. Add a thin coat of more oil, but make sure the oil doesn’t pool anywhere — one teaspoon wiped across the entire cooking surface is just right for most pans.
4. Store until ready to use.
- Cool the pan and store until ready to cook again.
Cast Iron Maintenance Tips
Follow these tips to maintain your cast iron cookware.
Cook over low heat to avoid damage to the pan.
Use plastic or wooden cooking utensils to prevent scratching.
- Remove acidic foods from your pans immediately after cooking and wash promptly to prevent damage to the seasoning.
Do not store foods in cast iron as this can break down the seasoning.
- Never fully submerge cast iron in water.
Never put cold water in a hot pan; this can cause the pan to crack or warp.
- Do not wash cast iron in the dishwasher.