How to Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware
So You Bought a Cast Iron… Now what?
Here at CHEFS, we believe that the cookware and bakeware you use is just as important as the foods you put into them. After all, it’s not just about eating healthy foods but cooking them in healthy ways too! Enter: Cast Iron Cookware.
Whether you just bought your first cast iron (congrats!) or you’re still on the fence (fear not!), here’s the quick 411 on your new or soon to be, favorite vessel, from our friends at Lodge Cast Iron:
- Cast iron comes ready to use - all it needs is a quick rinse.
- Since there is no chemical coating to damage, go nuts with whatever utensil you choose.
- Whatever your cooking on, the cast iron can handle it. Even the grill!
- A hot handle oven mitt is a must.
- Give your cast iron a few minutes to preheat before adding any food - a gradual heat up and cool down is your goal.
- Whip up some of our favorite Cast Iron dishes like:
- Wash your cast iron by hand with a scrub brush. Dry promptly and thoroughly with a paper towel.
- Season with your favorite cooking oil.
- If you find yourself in a sticky situation, simmer a little water for 1 minute, then use the scraper after cooled.
- Soap isn’t always necessary, but if you like, a little mild detergent is fine. Just be sure to stay away from dishwashers and metal scouring pads.
As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! The best way to maintain the seasoning on your new cast iron is to simply use it. Cooking in it regularly will keep it performing well and looking great. You got this… have fun!
(Photo and video credit: Lodge)