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Caring for cast iron cookware | Cast iron cookware guide

Looked after properly cast iron cookware will literally last several lifetimes and can be re-seasoned, using our cold pressed flax oil, to give it back its non-stick protective properties when required. Lets have a look at a few do's and dont's to make make the most of it! 

Cooking with the cast , black or spun iron every day.

  • Wash in hot water. Do not use soap or detergent. Immediately dry with a towel.
  • Pre-heat the cast, black or spun iron as this will reduce food sticking.
  • Avoid cooking food that is very cold as this is more likely to stick.
  • Remember a hot iron will retain heat for a long time. Always pick up cast, black or spun iron by wooden handles (if fitted) and use oven gloves.

After cooking and storing food.

  • Remove cooked food from pre-seasoned cast, black and spun iron bowls, lids, pans, cook and bakeware immediately after cooking and before the food cools.
  • Cold damp food will encourage the cookware to rust and you will need to re-season more often.
  • Seasoned iron-cookware is not suitable for storing wet or moist foods. Do not store food in iron cookware in refrigerators or freezers.

Acidic Foods.

  • Additional care is required when you cook recipes containing acidic foods (eg: tomatoes, citrus juices and recipes containing vinegar or wine). We suggest that you re-season before using these foods. The high acidity of these foods may create superficial rust if they have insufficient seasoned coatings.
  • Don’t worry if you see any rust appearing after cooking one of these recipes, please follow the instructions for re-seasoning your product and it will soon be back to as good as new condition.

Cleaning pre-seasoned cast iron, black and spun iron.

  • Never clean the cast, black or spun iron bowl, lid or pan in a dishwasher.
  • Don't place, when hot into very cold water. This might cause it to crack or warp.
  • After use, clean the bowl with a stiff plastic brush and hot water. We suggest that you do not use soap, and definitely do not use detergents.
  • If you find that some food has stuck, place in boiling water or boil water in it to soften stuck food. Immediately dry with a towel.
  • Never allow the bowl, lid or pan to stand and air-dry as this will encourage rusting.

Storing cast, black and spun iron bowls, lids, pans, cook and bakeware.

  • Store in a dry airy place. Don't store with lids on, as this can trap moisture and encourage rust.
  • Your oven is a great place to store your iron cook and bakeware, just remember to remove it before turning on the oven.

When does the cast or spun iron need re-seasoning?

If your iron cookware is used and cleaned following the instructions above, re-seasoning will not be required very often. It will need re-seasoning when...

  • Food starts to stick to it.
  • There are any areas of grey metal showing,
  • It has been placed in dishwasher / washed in detergent.
  • The cast, black or spun iron has not been dried and spots of rust have appeared.
  • It has a metallic taste or smell.

See our guide to re-seasoning cast iron cookwares when the time comes! 

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