How to Season and Care for your Cast Iron Cookware?

By Aathitiyan Somu Sep 30, 20

Cast Iron Cookware 101

Cookd's traditionally-made cast iron cookware is the perfect kitchen tool for beginners, home cooks, and chefs. You can use our versatile cast iron skillets for roasting, sautéing, grilling, broiling, shallow frying, or deep-frying. You name it!

Why should you choose cast iron? Because it's virtually unbreakable, naturally non-stick, multipurpose cookware that makes your food taste better.

4-Step Cast Iron Seasoning Method

Step 1 Wash

Step 1 - Wash the pan

Wash and scrub your cast iron pan with a brush. For stubborn, stuck-on food, simmer a little water for 3-5 minutes, then use the scrub to remove the food.

Step 2 Dry

Step 2 - Heat the pan


Dry thoroughly using a paper towel. You can also place the pan on the stove and heat for a minute to ward off any moisture if present.

Step 3 Oil

Step 3 - Oil the pan

Rub a very light layer of cooking oil onto the surface of your pan and the handle. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface until no oil residue remains.

Step 4 Heat

Step 4 - Heat the pan

Place the pan on a gas stove and heat until the oil starts to emit smoke. Continue heating the pan for another 3 to 4 minutes. Then, turn off the heat, cool the pan, and then remove excess oil using a towel.

Point to note: A well-seasoned cast iron pan will have a dark, semi-glossy finish. It will never be sticky or greasy.

Cleaning a Rusty Cast Iron Pan

While maintaining the seasoning should keep your cast iron in good condition, accidents happen and your pan may develop rust. To remove the rusty spots on your pan, follow these directions:

  1. Add a pinch of Baking Soda and some Vinegar to the pan.
  2. Scrub off the rust using a steel brush or scrub pad.
  3. Once the rust is removed, rinse the pan and dry using a towel.
  4. Don't forget to repeat the seasoning process.

5 Tips to Care your Cast Iron Pans

  1. After each usage, wipe the pan using a cloth and set aside. Cast iron pans need not be washed using water every time.

  2. Fighting stains: In case of mild stains, use water and a soft sponge to clean the pan. For tough stains and stubborn stuck-on food to the pan, add some salt to scrub off the food from the pan. Once removed, use warm water and a soft sponge to clean the pan.

  3. Maintain the seasoning: Always oil the pan after each use. Place it over medium-low heat and heat for a few mins.

  4. Oils to use for seasoning: Saturated fats like butter, Coconut oil, FlaxSeed Oil, SunFlower Oil, Canola Oil or any Vegetable Oil.

  5. Storage: A cool, dry space with some air circulation is ideal, as even warm, humid air can kickstart the rust-forming redox reaction.

  6. Do not stack pieces of cast iron on top of each other.


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