Lodge cookware is a well known brand of cast iron pots and pans. This brand has withstood the test of time being in existence for decades. The secret to their continued success is the superior quality of their lodge cast iron cookware.
To be able to have your lodge cast iron cookware last for generations, proper care must be exercised. This is not limited to the lodge pans brand but even the best cast iron cookware must undergo this specific care and maintenance in order for last a lifetime. This is the process which we refer to as seasoning.
Cast iron cookware, regardless of the brand, has to be seasoned to serve its function and to be usable for a long time. A cast iron pan or a cast iron pot which is properly seasoned will have a silky black finish.
When you season cast iron pots and pans, you apply edible oil, either from vegetables or animals, onto the outer and inner areas of the cookware to form a coating. This is done for the following reasons:
- The coating safeguards the cooking ware from corroding.
- The coating will prevent food ingredients from sticking onto the pan.
- The coating will shield the food from acidic reactions against cast iron.
Detailed procedure of seasoning cast iron frying pan and other pans and pots:
- When you buy a new cast iron griddle or other cooking ware, it has a protective wax cover which should be washed off prior to seasoning the pan.
- Thoroughly wash the new pan or pot with dishwashing soap and water to remove the protective wax.
- Dry the cookware with a towel or leave it hanging to air dry. Ensure that it is completely dry as this is very important prior to seasoning.
- Apply edible oil on the whole cookware. This includes the bottom, sides, insides and even the handle.
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the cookware properly coated with edible oil into the preheated oven and let it bake for an hour.
- After an hour, open the oven door and let it stay open so the cookware can cool faster. Do not remove it from the oven until you are sure it is cool already.
- Your cookware should now have a silky, shiny black look and it is now seasoned and ready to be used.
- This process need not be repeated for every use. You may repeat this process once or twice a year to maintain the good quality of your cookware.
Instructions on Washing Your Iron Cast Cooking Ware After Use
- After using your cast iron grill pan, wash it off with warm water. If you need to take off something, you may use a soft cloth to remove it.
- Do not use dishwashing soap or rough materials to scrub off dirt from your cookware as it will damage the seasoning.
- In case you really need to soap or scrub your cookware, season it again afterwards.
- After cleaning your cookware, dry it completely dry before packing it away.