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Cast Iron Cookware: Use and Care

Caring for your cast iron cookware

As a technology, cast iron cookware has withstood the test of time -- it's just as
welcome in the kitchen today as it was a hundred years ago.

This is not surprising. Cast iron conducts heat extremely well , is relatively inexpensive,
and lasts forever.

The only drawback to cast iron is that it requires a  little TLC. Once you understand the
basics, you'll find that caring for cast iron is straightforward and easily incorporated into
your everyday cooking routine. Here are the basics:

  • Use wood or plastic utensils to avoid scratching through the cast iron's
    seasoning.
  • Clean with hot water. Do NOT use soap. Soap lifts grease and the pot's
    seasoning.
  • For cleaning stubborn spots use a stiff scrub brush or non-metallic utensil. One
    option is to add water and return to a simmer.
  • Dry thoroughly and apply a light coat of vegetable oil. Wipe off any excess oil and
    store with the lid off or slightly off center for ventilation.