Lodge Use & Care

The following use and care instructions for lodge seasoned cast iron will help your cookware last a lifetime.

Let's Cook

  • Your cookware is right at home on or in any heat source, indoors or out, except the microwave.
  • All new cookware should be rinsed and dried promptly before your first use.
  • Lodge cookware is already seasoned, so you are ready to start cooking.
  • Use any utensils you like, even metal. There is no chemical coating to damage.
  • Always lift cookware on smooth-top stoves. Sliding anything can scratch the surface.
  • Our handles can get hot, so protect your hands by using a handle holder.
  • Cast iron performs best when heated and cooled gradually, so give it a few minutes to pre-heat.
  • Cast iron has superior heat retention, so use a lower heat setting to prevent food from sticking.

 

Clean Up Time

  1. Wash cast iron by hand with a nylon bristle scrub brush. If needed, use a pan scraper for stuck on bits.
  2. For extra sticky situations, simmer a little water for 1 minute, then use the scraper after cooled.
  3. Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
  4. Rub with a very light layer of cooking oil or our Seasoning Spray, preferably while the cookware is still warm.
  5. Hang or store cookware in a dry place.

Occasionally, you may notice some dark residue on your towel when cleaning. This is perfectly safe-it's just the seasoning reacting to foods that may be slightly acidic or alkaline. It will disappear with regular use and care. Soap isn't necessary, but if you like, a little mild detergent is fine. Promise.

Seasoning

  • Seasoning is simply oil baked onto the iron, giving it a natural, easy-release finish.
  • Lodge pre-seasons all of its cookware with soy vegetable oil and nothing else.
  • Any food-safe cooking oil/shortening will work for maintaining your cookware. We recommend vegetable oil or canola oil, like our Seasoning Spray.
  • Seasoning is an ongoing process that improves the more you cook.
  • With some foods, new cookware might require a little extra oil or butter the first few uses.
  • Acidic or alkaline foods like tomatoes and some beans should only be cooked once seasoning is well-established.
  • Dishwashers, metal scouring pads, and harsh detergents will harm the seasoning.
  • Rust happens, and it is easy to fix. Just follow these directions.

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