Lodge Cast Iron Cleaning & Care
Today we are going to detail how to clean and care for your Lodge Cast Iron Cookware.
If you haven't visited our InRugCo Studio & Gift Shop, you might be unaware that we carry the full line of Lodge. We are huge believers in the versatility and ease of use with Lodge Cast Iron Cookware! On any given Sunday, in our respective kitchens in the wee hours of the morning, there is a high probability a member of the InRugCo family might be making a breakfast skillet in a Lodge...
(doesn't that look delicious? Good news, we posted the recipe here.)
Some people might claim cast iron is hard to clean, or difficult to cook with, however, I tend to disagree. Sure, the cleaning procedure is different than standard cookware, but it's still incredibly easy.
Seasoned Cast Iron
All the Lodge Cast Iron sold at our Studio & Gift Shop comes seasoned and is ready to cook with straight from our store. A "seasoned" cast iron means that oil has been baked into the pan. That's all. That layer of oil gives the cast iron cookware a natural finish that improves upon use.
Lodge uses 100% vegetable oil to season their cast iron cookware right in the foundry. The best way to maintain the seasoning on your pan is to use it. This builds up layers of baked on oil to improve the natural, easy-release surface. Over time, all the savory flavors and spices you use cooking add to the character of your cast iron!
Now that you understand how Lodge seasons their cookware, we can move onto cleaning. Let's say you had a dinner party and made everyone carne asada tacos. The party was a great success & everyone was enamored with the delectable steak you cooked in your Lodge. Now that the party is over and it's time to clean the cast iron cookware, do not wry in fear!
- Wash your cast iron by hand in the sink. Use hot water and a teeny amount of soap. You can use a pan scraper for food that is stuck on. If the food is really stuck on, simmer a pinch of water for several minutes, then use the scraper.
- Dry the cast iron with a paper towel or lint-free cloth immediately after washing. If the cast iron shows any black residue, do not be alarmed, that is just due to the seasoning and is perfectly ok.
- Wipe cast iron down with a light layer of cooking oil or coat with Lodge Seasoning Spray (available at our Studio). Remember you just want a light coat, so wipe off excess with a paper towel.
We do sell the official Lodge Seasoning Spray and the Lodge Pan Scraper at our Studio to make cleaning easier!