Cast Iron Rusting & Seasoning
As with any genuine cast iron product, it is not completely resistant to rust if not properly maintained. To prevent rusting, always remember to dry your cast iron with a paper towel after washing, making sure no water is left on the surface overnight. Additionally, it's a good idea to season the cast iron with a little vegetable oil after drying.
Rust formation is a normal occurrence, and cast iron can be easily restored to its original state. There are many online tutorials that provide step-by-step guides on how to revive cast iron cookware, even when completely covered in rust.
We recommend the following simple guide for our customers:
Removing Rust: If your cast iron cookware has developed rust, use a non-metallic scrubber and a bit of soapy water to clean it. If the rust persists, mix equal parts water and white vinegar, then fully submerge the cookware. Let it sit for up to eight hours, checking periodically to see if the rust has been removed. If necessary, use the non-metallic scrubber again; otherwise, proceed to re-season the cookware.
Re-Seasoning Cast Iron:
- Clean the cookware with hot water and mild dish soap, using a non-abrasive sponge or brush to gently remove any dirt or residues. Avoid abrasive materials like steel wool, which can scratch the surface.
- Thoroughly dry the cookware with a clean towel, ensuring no moisture remains to prevent rusting.
- Coat all surfaces of the cookware with a thin layer of solid shortening, vegetable oil, or flaxseed oil, spreading it evenly with a paper towel or soft cloth.
- Preheat your oven to 350℉ (175℃) and place a sheet of aluminum foil on the lower oven rack to catch any drippings. Position the cookware facedown on the middle oven rack above the foil.
- Bake the cookware for one hour to allow the oil to polymerize, forming a protective layer on the surface.
- Turn off the oven and let the cookware cool down inside, allowing the seasoning to set properly.
- For the best results, repeat steps 3 to 6 once more to create a more durable and effective seasoning layer.
Once the cookware is completely cool, it's ready for use. Regular maintenance and seasoning will keep your cast iron cookware in excellent condition, providing years of enjoyable cooking and baking experiences.