Cast Iron Seasoning
Cast Iron Easy Preparation
1. Wash new cookware with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush.
2. Rinse and dry completely.
3. Apply a thin coat of melted vegetable shortening (i.e. Crisco) to the entire surface (including lid if applicable), both inside and out.
4. Line the lower oven rack with aluminum foil (To catch any drippings), and preheat oven to 350° F.
5. Place cookware upside down on the upper oven rack, and bake for one hour.
6. Turn oven off and let cookware cool before removing from oven.
7. Store in a cool, dry place. If you have a lid for your utensil, place a folded paper towel between the lid and the utensil to allow air to circulate.
8. NEVER wash in dishwasher.
9. If your utensil develops a metallic smell or taste or shows signs of rust, never fear. Wash with soap and hot water, scour off rust, and reseason.
After use: Clean using a stiff brush and hot water only (do not wash in dishwasher). Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of vegetable oil to cookware while still warm.
New Cast Iron Care:
The Cast Iron we sell, used for cooking (NOT the Ritual Cast Iron) has been pre-seasoned.
Properly cared for, your cast iron will last for more than a life time. Here are some tips for maintaining your cookware for future generations:
- After cooking clean the utensil with hot water and a stiff brush. Never use a harsh detergent, as it can remove the seasoning. Towel dry thoroughly.
- While the utensil is dry but still warm from the hot water bath, wipe a light coat of vegetable oil or cooking spray on all surfaces.
- Store in a cool, dry place. Do not store lids on the pot or pan to allow air circulation.
- If you notice a metallic taste see signs of rust, simply scour off the rust, wash the cookware with soap and water, dry thoroughly and re-season using the home seasoning instructions.