If you take the time to properly care for your beloved cast-iron cookware, it will reward you and your family with generations of loyal service. Follow these tips to treat your heirlooms with tender, loving care.
Respect Your Cookware
Taking care of your cast iron means understanding its likes and dislikes.
Cooking with oil
Soaps and harsh abrasives
If your heirlooms fall victim to rust, don’t despair. Follow these steps to get them back in action.
1. Scrub with a stiff-bristle brush and hot soapy water to remove any rust or buildup. Rinse well, and dry completely.
2. Brush a light coating of oil on inside and outside of pan.
3. Place a sheet of foil or a rimmed baking sheet on lower rack of oven to catch drips. Place oiled pan upside down on middle rack of oven.
4. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour. Turn off oven, and let pan cool in oven. Repeat as necessary. Store in a cool, dry place.
Be conservative when applying oil to your pans for seasoning. Using too much can result in a sticky residue.
No Heirloom? No Problem
If you haven’t been blessed with the gift of your grandma’s beloved skillet, don’t worry—pre-seasoned cast-iron pans are widely available. Before using your pre-seasoned cast-iron pan for the first time, rinse with water, and dry completely. Before cooking, brush cookware lightly with oil, and heat slowly.