Lodge Use & Care
Keep it dry. Keep it oiled (seasoned). Keep it 100 years.
IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE
- Hand wash.
- Dry immediately.
- Rub with a light coat of vegetable oil after every use.
- How much oil? Enough to restore the sheen.
- Why!? To keep the iron "seasoned" and protected from moisture.
SEASONING - IT ISN'T SALT AND PEPPER
- "Seasoning" is a coat of vegetable oil baked onto the iron at high temperature.
- "Seasoning" is not a chemical non-stick coating.
- The resulting black patina provides the easy release properties. The more you cook, the better it gets.
- You may experience some sticking with new cookware so use a little oil when cooking.
- "Seasoning" also provides the iron a necessary barrier from moisture to prevent rust.
- Because YOU create, maintain, and even repair the "seasoning", your cookware can last 100 years or more. Chemical non-stick coatings cannot be repaired limiting their lifespan.
TO SOAP OR NOT TO SOAP
- If "no soap" is too scary, consider that most cookware is 200C in 4 minutes on medium heat. It's sterile at 100C. However, mild soapy water is fine, if you dry and oil immediately.
- DO NOT put in the dishwasher!
RUST!? DON'T PANIC - IT'S NOT BROKEN
- Without protective seasoning iron can rust.
- It's really easy to fix. Scour the rust, rinse and dry, rub with a little vegetable oil.
- Lots of rust? You may have to re-season. Visit Lodge Reseasoning for directions. It's easy!
WHEN IT'S HOT, IT'S HOT
- Lodge cast iron keeps the heat, so turn down the temperature and save energy.
- Lodge seasoned cast iron is right at home on any heat source, except the microwave.
- Use induction, ceramic, electric, gas cooktops, the grill or even the campfire.
DO YOU HAVE A LODGE TEMPERED GLASS COVER?
- Hi-temp plastic knob is oven safe to 200C.
- The glass cover is dishwasher safe.
- Do not use in the microwave.
STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you still have questions not covered here, feel free to visit www.lodgecastiron.co.nz or call us on 09 272 8620.