You may have been handed your grandmother’s cast iron (yes, they DO last that long), or yo may be brand new to the game.
In either case, you’ll need to know that cast-iron cookware isn’t your run of the mill. Unlike the other pans, your cast iron cookware is pretty darn near indestructible, simple to use, and excellent for searing in flavor and sautéing meats and veggies. In order preserve these family gems, you’ll want to know a couple of things.
Cast iron cookware, by the letter of the law, is NOT non-stick like say teflon coated pans. However with the right care your pan can function without concerns of sticking, transition seamlessly to the oven, and last a lifetime.
Until you’re pans seasoning (the infusion of polymerized oil with the iron) is strong and well established, most sources recommend not using dish soap and definitely not washing your pan in the dishwasher. Instead, rely on a little elbow grease, and keep things simple.
Follow the steps in this pictorial to preserve and promote the quality of your cookware and it’s seasoning. You’ll enjoy your cast-iron for years to come.