The versatility of cast iron pans makes them a treasure to look forward to when handed down from generation to generation, that is, if you know how to care for them properly. When appropriately tended for, cast iron pans can last virtually forever and look the same as they did the first time they were used. Following these few tips on maintaining and re-seasoning your cast iron pans will ensure their character and flavor in all your recipes.
Why You Should Consider Using Cast Iron
With all the available cookware today, cast iron isn’t always the first choice as kitchen cookware. Since cast iron pans have been around for quite some time, the ‘fancy’ non-stick pans often out-compete them. Cast iron definitely has the upper hand over newer non-stick pans though since cast iron is naturally non-stick and new cookware has to use harmful Teflon as a non-stick agent. Along with avoiding harmful chemicals, cast iron is also very durable and conducts heat well so that food cooks evenly. Cast Iron pans can also be transferred from the skillet to the oven for versatility in your cooking.
How to Maintain Your Cast Iron Pans
If you have just bought a cast iron pan and are using it for the first time it is important to stick to these few tips in order to maintain a well-conditioned pan.
- Avoid using soap when cleaning.
- Don’t boil water in cast iron.
- Never cook acidic foods.
- Cooking fatty foods will improve your pan’s seasoning.
- Never put cast iron in the dishwasher.
When it comes to cleaning your pan after use, following these directions are pertinent to maintaining your cast iron skillet.
- Pour roughly ¼ cup of Kosher salt onto the cooking surface.
- Using a paper towel, scrub the pan with the salt to remove any residue and wipe it down.
- Layer a light coat of oil onto the surface of the pan and place it on the stovetop over a light heat to dry.
How to Season Your Cast Iron Pans
After your pan has been cleaned you can season it again for optimal cooking. The more your pan is used the more flavorful your food will be when it is cooked since leftover oil is absorbed into the pores of the iron. This is why seasoning your cast iron pans is also important in maintaining them because the leftover oil goes rancid after a while. Here’s how to keep your cast iron seasoned.
- Coat the inside and outside of the pan with vegetable oil
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Bake pan upside down for one hour, then turn off the oven and leave the pan inside until fully cooled
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