Cast Iron Cookware Use and Care

The following use and care instructions for seasoned Cast Iron will help your cookware last a lifetime.

If You Do Nothing Else...

Hand wash. Dry immediately - even before first use.
Rub with a light coat of vegetable oil after every wash.
How much oil? Enough to restore the sheen, without being “sticky”.
Why? To keep the iron “seasoned” and protected from moisture.


Seasoning - It Isn’t Salt and Pepper

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“Seasoning” is vegetable oil baked onto the iron at a high temperature: not a chemical non-stick coating. Seasoning creates the natural, easy-release properties.

The more you cook, the better it gets. Because you create, maintain, and even repair the seasoning, your cookware can last 100 years or more. Chemical non-stick coating cannot be repaired, limiting lifespan.


Let’s Cook!

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On glass or ceramic cooktops, lift cookware, never slide it.

Our cookware is safe at high temperatures; use metal, wood, or hi-temp silicone utensils. 

Some foods may stick to new cookware (especially eggs). Use a little extra oil or butter until you’ve built up the seasoning.

Acidic foods like tomatoes, beans and certain sauces can damage seasoning, and should be avoided until the seasoning is well-established.

Cast Iron rarely needs to go above medium heat setting, when properly pre-heated. For the times when you do cook at higher temperatures, bring the pan to temperature gradually and add oil just before adding food to prevent sticking.

Our handles get hot - use mitts.

Use trivets to protect countertops from hot cookware.


To Soap or not to Soap...

If no soap is too scary, wash with mild soapy water and dry and oil immediatel

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However, consider that cookware is 400°F/204°C in 4 minutes on medium heat and is sterile at 212°F/100°C, so soap isn’t always necessary.

Dishwashers, strong detergents and metal scouring pads are not recommended, as they remove seasoning.


Rust?! Don’t Panic, it’s not Broken

Without protective seasoning iron can rust. It’s really easy to fix. Scour the rust, rinse, dry, and rub with a little vegetable oil. If problem persists, you will need to thoroughly remove all rust and follow our re-seasoning instructions.



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