Cleaning And Care For Cast Iron Cookware
There are many benefits using cast iron cookware. When properly cared for the cast iron acts as a non-stick pan keeping the food from burning, requires less oil, the food cooks evenly, cooking at high temperatures, and they are safer than most modern cookware. The reason they are safer is they don’t have the non-stick coating which contains harmful chemicals which you can be exposed to at high temperatures, or when the pan is damaged. A properly seasoned cast iron pan creates a natural nonstick finish making it also for easy cleanup.
To season your cast iron pan is simple. Wash the pan in hot, mild soapy water, dry well and spread a very light coat of coconut oil or vegetable oil over the entire skillet. Place foil paper on a lower rack in the oven for any drippings and then place the pan upside down on the middle rack. Bake at 375 F for one hour, then cool in the oven. After you season the pan, the more you use it, the more seasoned it becomes.
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If you know how to take care of your cast iron cookware properly, you can pass it down from generation to generation. There are three things that the cast iron does not like; acidic foods, water and harsh abrasives. Three things that your pan will love are; oil, gentle cleaning with a sponge, and drying the pan immediately after you wash it with hot water. Do not immerse your cast iron cookware in water. By immersing the cast iron cookware in water, it increases the risk of rusting. Sometimes when making desserts in a cast iron pan, they can leave some residue. Give it a good scrub with a stiff-bristle brush and a little mild soap, then rinse well and dry thoroughly after. Just a note on pre-seasoned cast iron cookware; I always season my cast iron pans even if they are pre-seasoned.
If your cast iron becomes rusty don’t despair. Here are 4 easy steps how to revitalize your cast iron cookware
1) Scrub with a stiff bristle brush and hot soapy water. Rinse well and dry thoroughly
2) Brush a light coating of coconut oil or vegetable oil over the entire cast iron
3) Place foil paper on a lower rack in the oven for any drippings and then place the pan upside down on the middle rack. Bake at 375 F for one hour, then cool in the oven
4) Repeat as necessary and store in a cool, dry place
What I love about cast iron skillets is they make excellent one pan casseroles, dips, steaks, cheesy sides and delicious desserts. But my favourite is a cast iron roasting pan! Whether you are roasting chicken or veggies, they come out done perfectly. As an added benefit the cleanup is super easy. The more you use the roasting pan, the more seasoned it becomes, and they last forever
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