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Cast Iron Care

Written by: Savanna Frimoth

October 25th , 2021

 

Why Cast Iron: 


We’re big cast iron enthusiasts here at Snow Peak. Cast iron cookware’s versatility and longevity make it a must-have for home & camp kitchens. Sear your meat of choice on a stovetop, pop your pan in the oven to roast some vegetables, or drop your Dutch oven into your campfire to bake a cobbler. Another of the main benefits of cast iron is the way it absorbs and maintains heat. Once your cast iron cooker is hot, it will stay hot longer, offering a consistent temperature for whatever you’re cooking. Secondly, adequately cared for cast iron is naturally non-stick, so less oil is required when cooking.   

Snow Peak makes a variety of cast iron cookers – from the small Micro Capsule to the full-size Cast-Iron Oven. Read on to learn everything you need to know about cooking, caring for, and re-seasoning your cast iron pots and pans.  

Cast Iron Care & Re-seasoning:  



General Care 

To clean your cast iron pot or pan, add a generous amount of olive oil and salt. Then, using a brush or rag, scrub the cast iron to remove any food remnants. Once you finish scrubbing, rinse any remaining residue off with hot water, using the brush as needed. Dry the pan completely and set aside for its next use!  

Re-Seasoning 


If you notice your cast iron pan is losing its coating, it’s likely time for some re-seasoning. For a quick re-seasoning, clean your pot or pan thoroughly using the method above. Then apply oil or fat (butter or ghee can work too) to cast iron and heat it over medium –high heat for 5 minutes.  

For a more thorough approach, scrub your pan with hot soapy water (this is the only time dish soap can be used with your cast iron!) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Dry the pan and apply a coating of oil or fat. Place the cast iron pot or pan in the oven and bake for one hour. Allow the pot to cool, remove any excess oil and your cast iron should be as good as new!