AGC Catering Equipment 10 May 2021
So, you have just acquired a cast iron skillet. There are a few things you should know before you start cooking with your new skillet, whether you purchased it new, found it at a yard sale, or are finally getting your family's heirloom skillet. Cast iron pans need a different level of care than other pans, and there are a few myths regarding them.
Hand-wash your cast iron cookware. A small amount of soap can be used. If necessary, scrape stuck-on food with a pan scraper. Simmer a little water for 3-5 minutes to loosen stuck-on food, then scrape with the scraper after the pan has cooled. All you need to properly wash and care for cast iron is included in the Seasoning Care Kit.
Using a lint-free cloth or paper towel, dry quickly and thoroughly. Seasoning will leave a small amount of black residue on your towel, which is entirely normal.
Apply a thin layer of cooking oil or Seasoning Spray to the cookware's surface. Wipe the surface with a paper towel until no oil residue remains.
Using steel wool and soapy water, scrub the rusted pan. Since you will be re-seasoning the cookware, it is fine to use soap. Rinse and thoroughly dry by hand.
Cookware should be sprayed with a thin, even layer of cooking oil (inside and out). Your cookware can become sticky if you use too much oil.
Place the cookware on the top rack of the oven, upside down. To catch any excess oil that may spill off the cookware, place a large baking sheet or aluminium foil on the bottom rack. Bake for one hour at 450-500 degrees F. Allow to cool before repeating to get the classic black patina.
Tips for Preventing Rust
Whether you have a seasoned cast iron skillet, a Dutch oven, a grill pan, or bakeware, each piece of our cast iron cookware follows the exact same steps for cleaning.