By Blair Thomas
As the last cast-iron cookware foundry left in the United States, Lodge Cast Iron is especially proud of its history and commitment to quality. Lodge insists its cookware will remain your cooking partner for many years. So take a moment and consider these tips directly from Lodge on cleaning and caring for your cast iron.
Really Important Stuff
- Do not use in the microwave.
- Lodge seasoned cast iron cookware is safe at any oven setting, on any cooking surface, and of course, the campfire or grill.
- Use your Lodge cookware to bake, broil, saute, sear, fry and braise.
- A light coat of vegetable oil is recommended for better cooking.
After the Food is Gone
- We recommend washing in hot water with a non-metallic brush, scrubby or scraper. Be sure to dry thoroughly.
- While the cookware is still warm, rub it with a thin coat of oil to protect the seasoned finish.
- Store in a cool, dry place with a paper towel between each place to allow air flow.
- Don’t wash in the dishwasher. If you do, not all is lost – scrub any rust that appears and coat with oil.
- Metallic taste or signs of rust are easy to handle with a scrub brush and a fresh coat of oil. Remember, rust won’t hurt you – it just tastes bad. If you left your cookware in the rain all weekend (or in the dishwasher) you might need to re-season it. The Lodge website offers detailed steps about seasoning.
How is Your Cookware Made?
- The cast iron piece is made by pouring molten iron into individual sand molds under extreme pressure. The casting process results in small, cosmetic surface irregularities that do not affect quality or cooking performance. (We consider them beauty marks.)
- Well-made cast iron is known for superior heat retention and distribution. Excellent foundry equipment, processes, knowledge, and use of quality raw materials are required to produce good cast iron.
- Lodge began foundry seasoning in 2002. Our cast iron is prayed with Orthodox Union Certified Kosher vegetable oil and heated to produce the cherished black patina we all know and love.
Just for Good Measure
- Protect your hands from hot cookware – use handle mitts or pot holders.
- Protect counters and table tops from hot cookware – use trivets.
- Match the size of your cookware to the size of your burner.
For more information about the use and care of Lodge Cast Iron products, visit www.lodgemfg.com.