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Home > Good care can make your cookware last for a long time

If you're lucky enough to have a hand-me-down cookware from Grandma, you may find yourself confused about how to become a chef cast iron. Have no fear - you can learn to Cast Iron Cookware season with the pros and keep them in good shape for the years to come.

There are several aspects that you should pay attention to before you use a new cookware.

  1. If the cast iron is used, you should make sure the surface is clean by wiping the cast iron out with a clean, damp towel. Dry with towel. If using new cast iron again wipe out any dust or debris before moving on to next step.
  2. Once clean, place cast iron in oven and set at 400F degrees. Allow cast iron to remain in oven until temperature is reached. Once the temperature has been reached to remove cast iron from oven and coat with lard or bacon grease. This can be simply done by dipping a paper towel in the lard or grease and smearing it on the cast iron.
  3. Place back in the oven and heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven with oven mitts and repeat above steps 3 times

How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware After Use

The first response to cleaning cast iron is to place it in the sink with dish soap and wash just like any other cookware but cast iron is different. Due to the porous nature of cast iron it will take up the dish soap and contaminate the food. The best way to clean the cast iron after use is below.

  1. If the cast iron does not have a lot of food stuck on it simply wipe out the cast iron. Then coat cook surface with oil, lard, or grease and store properly.
  2. If the cast iron has a lot of food residue that cannot simply be wiped off another method will have to be followed. This method is simple but can be time consuming. Fill cast iron item with water and bring to a boil. The boiling action will loosen up the food particles. Once all the food has been loosened pour water off, completely wipe out, and coat cook surface with oil, lard, or grease. Let sit to soak in and then store properly.