- Advantages of cast iron cookware
- How to care for a cast iron skillet?
- How to season a cast iron skillet?
- How to clean a rusty cast iron skillet?
- Cast Iron Cookware F.A.Q.
You can fry, bake, boil and warm up all your favorite dishes in cast iron cookware. It will be equally convenient for you to fry a steak or bake your favorite pie, cook traditional dishes and feel free to experiment!
It is reliable and versatile stuff! It can be used with any stove, oven, grill, or for cooking over an open fire. This cookware will forever enter your life and become an integral part of your life and family traditions.
Cast iron cookware can be used anywhere!
Crispy bacon and scrambled eggs, tender omelet, pancakes - with cast-iron dishes, every breakfast will give you joy and a good mood. Cooking in cast-iron cookware is a guarantee that everything will be perfect and tasty.
You can cook a dish in a cast-iron dish and serve it to the table in it - it is very convenient and exquisite at home! This is how the cast-iron cookware of the HoReCa collection is used in many countries of the world.
The cookware of the outdoor collection is a reliable companion for cooking over an open fire - in the wild, in the forest, in the mountains, or on fishing. Enjoy your favorite meals wherever and whenever you want!
Recently, cast iron cookware is a trend that more and more users understand. About 20-30 years ago, our mothers and grandmothers used it in everyday life. Nowadays, cast iron easily takes its place again in the kitchen of every home or professional cook.
And that's why.
Advantages of cast iron cookware:
The term of use of cast iron cookware is not limited.
That is, it will last much longer than any other because it is almost impossible to spoil it.
Over time, cast iron cookware only gets better.
With proper care, the properties of cast iron cookware only improve over the years, because a natural non-stick coating forms. Even if you find an old rusty cast-iron frying pan with your grandmother, which is clearly 15-20 years old, it can be easily brought into working condition, and it will be in no way inferior to the new one. Can you imagine it?
Cast iron cookware is wear-resistant and perfectly resists deformation, keeps its shape at any temperature - from the lowest to the highest.
So, choosing cast iron cookware - you get a reliable assistant for many years. And over time, your friendship will only grow stronger and your love deeper.
Despite the trends, today there are cast iron cookware in almost every kitchen. These are usually basic things like a cast iron pan or pot, a baking dish, and the like.
During the cooking process, a natural non-stick coating forms on the inner parts of the cast-iron cookware - a fatty coating, so the food can be mixed quite rarely.
The non-stick effect of this coating gets better and better with each subsequent use! Cast iron cookware is convenient to use, and the dishes can be used immediately after you have purchased them. Thanks to the use of unique production technology, it does not require special processing.
Cast iron cookware heats up slowly so that all dishes cook evenly. Food in cast iron dishes does not burn. By adjusting the temperature and cooking time of the dish, you can get a crispy crust, a pronounced aroma, and the necessary condition of a particular dish.
Cast iron cookware is indispensable for long cooking. Many dishes require prolonged frying, stewing, or boiling. Cast iron is heated evenly and to very high temperatures. This is exactly what is needed for the high-quality preparation of most dishes.
Cast iron cookware is absolutely safe - it does not emit any harmful impurities when heated and retains the useful properties of dishes. In addition, cast iron enriches food with iron ions and makes food even more useful for the body!
Learn more about traditional dishes cooked in cast iron.
How to care for a cast iron skillet?
The coating of cast iron cookware is an absolutely unique natural non-stick layer that forms exclusively on cast iron and is not inherent in other materials. Find out how it is formed, what makes it unique and why it is important to use.
It is enough to simply cook in it using oil to preserve the coating on cast iron dishes. The coating will only get better with each subsequent cooking.
And yet some factors will wear out the coating. For example - cooking food that is too acidic or alkaline, using abrasive cleaning agents and tools, very high temperatures, and the like. That is why we recommend cleaning cast iron cookware and then oiling it. This simple rule of thumb will protect your cast iron cookware and keep its natural non-stick properties.
But even if you suddenly damage the protective coating of your cast iron cookware - remember that this is not a problem at all! In this case, it just needs to be treated with oil and baked in an oven or oven. The same should be done when restoring cast iron dishes when they are rusting. This simple procedure will completely restore the protective coating of your cast iron cookware! It is appropriate to carry out such processing several times a year.
What kind of oil can be used to treat cast iron cookware?
Any cooking oil or fat is suitable for processing cast-iron dishes, but oils with a high smoke point (point) do better with this task - these are usually refined vegetable oils.
How to season a cast iron skillet?
Follow our step-by-step guide to season your cast iron skillet.
- CLEANING. Rinse the cast iron skillet with warm water and a little washing-up liquid. Use a dishwashing brush or washcloth if necessary. Rinse off the detergent and dry the dishes and hands thoroughly with a towel.
- TREATMENT. Apply a thin layer of oil to the inside and outside of the cookware. Do not use too much oil, as this will make the dishes sticky.
- BAKING. Place the oiled cast iron cookware in the oven on the wire shelf, upside-down and bake for 1 hour at 230-260 ° C (450-500 ° F). Place a baking sheet under the wire shelf and line it with foil. This must be done so that the remaining oil that can drain from the dishes through the wire rack does not stain and burn on the surface of your oven. Allow the dishes to cool down when finished.
How to clean a rusty cast iron skillet?
Cast iron cookware is the most durable. Its reliability is known all over the world. It is not at all whimsical to clean but to avoid certain problems in use, we advise you to clean it after each cooking, which includes three simple steps.
Follow these simple rules and your cast iron cookware will serve you for more than a dozen years and will become a family heirloom in the future.
- Clear. Rinse the cast iron skillet with warm water and a little washing-up liquid. Use a dishwashing brush or washcloth if necessary. If food particles are burnt and strongly adhered to the surface, pour water into a dish and boil for 3-5 minutes. Cool and scrub with a brush or dish scraper. Clean the surface of the dishes from food debris and rinse off the detergent.
- Dry. Dry clean skillet with a towel and dry thoroughly. Do not leave moisture on it to avoid rusting.
- Grease. Grease dry utensils with oil on the outside and inside with a thin layer. Do not use too much oil, as this will make the dishes sticky. Excess oil can be easily removed with a paper towel or tissue.
Cast Iron Cookware F.A.Q.
- Why does cast iron cookware have a rough surface?
By its structure, cast iron is a porous material. It is an iron alloy to which carbon was added in large quantities during the cooling process. Due to the concentration of carbon above the limiting solubility, the formed alloy is characterized by high hardness, but low homogeneity. In the production of cast iron cookware, its surface is even additionally processed to increase its roughness. This in turn makes it possible to increase the adhesion area of the coated cast iron and make it more durable. In the process of using your dishes, its surface will gradually smooth out due to the thickening of the layer of its natural protective coating.
- Can the coating of cast iron cookware peel off? What to do if this happened?
Sometimes the protective coating on cast iron cookware can peel off. This is ok, and this happens when the oil layer is not baked on the cast-iron surface and has lagged behind it. All you need to do: rinse with warm water, dry well, and grease with a thin layer of oil, to form a more stable coating - additionally bake in the oven, as described in the step-by-step instructions you can see above.
- What foods can damage the coating of cast iron cookware?
Foods that are too acidic, such as tomatoes, lemon juice, or berries, can damage the natural protective coating of cast iron cookware if cooked for a long time. Therefore, we advise at the beginning of using the cast iron cookware to avoid cooking too acidic and liquid dishes until the layer of the protective coating becomes thicker.
- Why do black smudges and stains remain on the towel after cleaning cast iron dishes?
Black smudges and smudges are natural deposits that have lagged behind the surface of your cast iron cookware. This happens when it comes into contact with acidic foods, or when cooking temperatures are too high. Nothing wrong with that. After the dishes are well dry, simply grease them with oil and use them as usual.
- Can cast iron cookware be soaked?
No! In no case. Prolonged contact of cast iron cookware with water will lead to rust on it. If food particles are burnt and strongly adhered to the surface, it is better to pour water into the dishes and boil for 3-5 minutes, Cool and rub with a brush or dish scraper. This will be enough to completely clean your cast iron cookware.
- Can I use regular dish detergent to clean cast iron cookware?
Yes, you can. A small amount of mild detergent will not damage your cast iron cookware at all. A high concentration of soap will cause excessive washout of the protective layer. But you can always restore it.
- Can a metal scraper be used to clean cast iron cookware?
To clean cast iron cookware from stubborn contamination from cooking, you can use a regular dish scraper - nylon or steel. The coating can be cleaned with a special metal brush or scraper to remove rust before the restoration procedure.
- Is cast iron dishwasher safe?
Do not wash your cast iron cookware in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents are too aggressive for the natural coating of cast iron cookware and this method of washing will destroy the protective layer.
- How to store cast iron cookware?
Store your cast iron cookware in a dry place to prevent rusting.