How to Clean and Season


Ideally, cast iron should be seldom washed. Simply rinse it with water and wipe it clean. Afterward, ensure thorough drying, preferably on the stove, and apply oil all around.

To eliminate lingering odors from beef or fish, sprinkle salt on the cookware and scrub, or wash it with mild soap, dry thoroughly, and then apply oil.

In extreme cases, if necessary, use steel wool and mild soap for a thorough cleaning. Note that using steel wool may remove seasoning, which must be restored. The easiest way to restore seasoning is to deep or shallow fry the cookware 2 to 3 times.

Always remember to apply oil to the cast iron after washing to prevent rusting. Additionally, avoid storing it in damp places.


Clean the Cookware: Start by washing your cast iron cookware with warm water and mild soap. Use a sponge or brush to scrub off any food residue or rust. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely with a clean towel.

Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350-400°F (175-200°C). Make sure your oven racks are positioned to accommodate the size of your cookware.

Apply Oil: Using a paper towel, apply a thin layer of cooking oil or fat to the entire surface of the cookware, including the exterior and handle. Common oils used for seasoning include vegetable oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil, or shortening. Ensure the oil is evenly distributed and there are no pools or drips.

Bake the Cookware: Place your oiled cast iron cookware upside down on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Placing aluminum foil on the bottom rack can help catch any drips. Bake for 1-2 hours, allowing the oil to polymerize and create a durable, non-stick surface.

Cool and Repeat: Once the initial seasoning is complete, allow the cookware to cool in the oven before handling. If desired, you can repeat the seasoning process multiple times to enhance the non-stick properties and build up the seasoning layer.

Maintain Regularly: After each use, clean your cast iron cookware with hot water. Avoid using soap, as it can strip away the seasoning. Dry the cookware thoroughly and apply a thin layer of oil to maintain the seasoning and prevent rust.

By following these steps, you can effectively season your cast iron cookware, ensuring optimal performance and longevity. With proper care and maintenance, your cast iron cookware can become a cherished kitchen companion for years to come.