Friday, August 19, 2016

Keeping Up With Cast Iron


There are special and specific ways to keep up with maintenance of Cast Iron Cookware.

Seasoning -

Is the process of treating the surface of Cast Iron with a stick-resistant coating formed from polymerized fat and oil on the surface.


For best results on cleaning your cast iron, rinse the pan with hot water immediately after cooking. If you need to remove burned-on food, scrub coarse salt, and a nonmetal brush to prevent the nonstick surface to dissipate; for rougher messes you can use mild dish soap and a scraper to get a deeper clean. If the pan gets a sticky coating normally is a sign of over seasoning of your cast iron a quick fix to help reduce is to rub with coarse salt and a dry brush to help remove access oil from your pan. If your cast iron starts to develop rust over time, scrub it with steel wool and mild dish soap. After scrubbing dry the pay thoroughly and use your favorite oil pour on to pay and evenly distribute with a lent free towel. When storing your cast iron put a paper towel on top to prevent dust from getting on it and store in a dry location.

Restoring rusty cast iron

  • Scrub thoroughly with a steel wool brush until all rust is gone
  • Wash with a no metal brush to get rid of excess rust
  • Apply a small amount of mild dish soap and clean thoroughly
  • Wipe dry the fully apply with oil throughout the pan covering every area
  •  Set oven 350° place upside down and bake for 1 hour
  • Let cool in oven

Now you have a fully restored cast iron pan

Please check out these other amazing blog entries:

Dutch Oven Care

Seasoning Your New or Old Cast Iron

Cast Iron Conundrums

Written By:  Ryan Griffin, Camping Lead

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