Your Guide To Lodge Cast Iron: Tips For Cleaning, Use And Care

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We absolutely love cooking with Lodge cast iron.

For over 100 years, Lodge Cast Iron has been a premier name in cast iron cookware, and we love introducing this amazing cookware to new people.

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An excellent feature of the Lodge line of pre-seasoned cookware is that no chemicals are used to create the no-stick coating – just natural, soy-based vegetable oil.

The thick, durable cast iron cookware makes for incredible heat distribution and retention, creating an even cooking surface that will last for decades, or even generations when you follow the care guidelines outlined here.

Important tips for use, care & cleaning

Lodge Cast Iron cookware comes pre-seasoned with a soy-based vegetable oil and is ready to use as soon as you bring it home.

Cleaning cast iron cookware couldn’t be easier — all you have to do is wash it in hot water after using and then dry thoroughly. If you prefer, you can use a little bit of soap as well, just make sure to rinse and dry well.

It’s important not to use abrasive scouring pads or strong detergents as that could damage the seasoning on your pan (although you can always re-season your cast iron – more on that below.)

For really stubborn stains, you can simply soak the cast iron in a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach per 500ml of water for a few hours.

For baked-on food, you can boil a mixture of 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in your cookware.

Why seasoning or re-seasoning your cast iron matters

Maintaining the seasoning on your cookware is important for keeping your cast iron in good shape. The good news is that it’s really easy to do.  Just apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the surface of your cookware after each cleaning. That’s it!

Occasionally you may find that it is necessary to re-season your cast iron cookware, either because you find food may be sticking to the surface or you notice a spot of rust on your pan. For small spots of rust, just scour the area with steel wool, rinse the pan, let it dry and then rub the area with a little vegetable oil — it’ll be good as new!

If you find food is still sticking or more rust has developed, you can follow these steps to re-season:

  • Wash your cookware and scrub with a stiff brush. Let the cookware completely dry.
  • Apply a very thin coating of melted vegetable shortening or cooking oil to the inside and outside of the cookware.
  • Cover the bottom rack of your oven with aluminum foil (to catch any drips of oil)
  • Turn your oven to 350 deg F
  • Place cookware upside down on the top oven rack
  • Bake for at least one hour. Turn off oven and let the cookware cool.

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This versatile line includes skillets, dutch ovens, grill pans and even a pizza pan! Check out the complete line of Lodge cookware on our website here.

Cast iron is made to last generations, and designed to make cooking easier — from breakfast to dessert. Get some of our favourite recipes here, including an incredible 2-ingredient dessert.