How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware?
Cast iron cookware as a part in daily life is
essential and important to a family, and how to care for cast iron
cookware to make it durable is every housewife’s concern. Cast iron
cookware can stand the test of time if properly cared for.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Wash your cookware
I recommend washing cast iron cookware with
hot water, for hot water is more effective at washing off dirt and
grease from your cast iron cookware, especially with soap to kill
2. Dry your cookware
As we all know, cast iron will rust if it
isn’t dried immediately after washing. After washing, we should dry
it with a towel, and place it on the stove over low heat for a
minute or two, which will cause the cookware to thoroughly dry.
3. Store it with lid off
We usually store cookware with the lid off
to further protect cast iron from rusting,. Many cast iron users may
also recommend placing a paper towel inside the cookware to absorb
any additional moisture that may be present. This method can also
protect it from dust and bacteria.
4. Don't over scrub
Over scrubbing cast iron cookware may
remove the healthy coating it has developed. When cooking, you’d
better use plastic or wooden cooking utensils to prevent scratching.
When washing, be sure not to scrub too vigorously.
5. season the cast iron
Rub a thin layer of cooking oil into your
cast iron cookware to season it, and this method will keep it from
deteriorating and rusting.
6. Be wary of acidic
Acidic food is bad for cast iron cookware.
The acidic will dissolve the seasoning of the cookware and create a
metallic taste on your food. Therefore, do not store foods in cast
7. Take care of rust
Dry your cast iron cookware thoroughly and
store with the lids off to prevent condensation and rust. Sometimes,
despite your best efforts, rust still appears. In this condition,
you can try washing the pan with shortening. In some cases you may
even have to scrub and re-season a pan.
If you take the suggestions above, and take care of your cast iron
cookware, I’m sure they can be used for quite a long time.