Cast iron pan: the right care makes the difference
You have to take good care of a cast iron pan so that you can use it in the kitchen.
- Clean your cast iron skillet properly. So that the natural non-stick layer is not damaged, you must not use detergent or coarse brushes, for example.
- Clean your cast iron skillet immediately after use to prevent leftover food from drying out. A cast iron pan does not belong in the dishwasher and should therefore always be washed by hand.
- Only use a soft sponge or a brush with natural fibers and warm water for rinsing.
- Never shock your hot cast iron skillet with cold water. In this case, the iron would warp and the pan would no longer lie straight on the hob.
Properly pre-treat the cast iron pan: the seasoning
Before you can use a cast iron skillet, you need to season it.
- To prevent your food from sticking to the cast iron pan, you must season the pan. This creates a natural non-stick layer.
- Seasoning is only necessary for cast iron pans that are made of raw material.
- Enamelled cast iron pans can be used immediately. Burning in is not necessary in this case.
- There are different methods to help you season a cast iron skillet. You can find out what these are and how to proceed in our article on the topic of branding cast iron pans.
- So that the non-stick layer is not damaged, you should not only clean the pan well but also store it properly.
- Wrap the pan in the newspaper, for example. This protects the burnt-in layer from dust and rust.
Using cast iron pans correctly: This is important
In order for your pan to last as long as possible, you should use it correctly.
- Never place a cast iron skillet on a hot stovetop. Heat the pan slowly.
- Cast iron pans are suitable for all types of stoves. This includes the induction cooker and the grill.
- Enamelled pans, however, do not tolerate more than 260 degrees Celsius.
- A cast iron skillet works best over medium heat. It stores the heat very well and heats up to the right temperature even with a small flame. Therefore, avoid the highest flame, as the cast iron pan will get very hot in this case.
- In order not to damage other pans and your cast iron pan, it is best to stack them with stacking protection for pans.