Cast iron is a great choice in cook-ware material. It is cheap, strong, holds heat well, heats up evenly and should last a life-time or more. However, to remain in great shape you will need to bear a few things in mind. In this guide to caring for your cast iron cookware you will find information to ensure that your investment kitchen pieces last long enough to be handed down through the generations in your family.
Whether you have a simple skillet, or a heavy Lodge Dutch oven, there are a few simple rules to follow if you want to keep cast iron cookware looking great, and cooking food even better:
1. Cooking in Cast Iron
2. Cleaning Cast Iron
3. Seasoning Cast Iron
Nowadays most cast iron cookware comes ready seasoned. As you use it, tiny layers of cooking oil will further strengthen this seasoning resulting in a shiny non-stick patina that helps the cook no-end. However if the pot has been used or washed without care the seasoning may be lost. Re-seasoning is simply a matter of applying a thin layer of vegetable oil and baking the pot in a medium low oven for 3 hours.
Cast iron cookware will last a life-time, and importantly, will give great results in the kitchen providing these simple tips are followed