How to Clean and Care for Heat-Treated Serveware
Lodge's Heat-Treated Iron is cast just like our traditional cast iron, and then put through a patented heat-treating process that inhibits rust. Yes, you read that correctly–this cast iron is resistant to rust!
Quick Tips for Cooking in Heat-Treated Iron
1. Use heat-treated cast iron on any stovetop, oven, or open flame.
Our heat-treated serveware can be used on all kitchen cooktops, in the oven, on the grill, and even over a campfire or open flame.
Pro tip: to avoid scratching ceramic or glass cooktops, never slide heat-treated cookware, always lift it.
2. Use metal, wood, or high-temp silicone cooking utensils.
Use any heat-safe cooking utensils, like wood, silicone, and even metal. There’s no synthetic coating to damage.
3. Use a handle holder or oven mitt.
Heat-treated cast iron can get very hot. Always use a handle holder or oven mitt when cooking.
4. Always heat and cool your heat-treated iron gradually.
Letting your pan slowly pre-heat helps distribute heat evenly and avoids hot spots on your cooking surface. There is no need to pre-heat if using the oven.
5. Protect countertops with trivets or underliners.
Use a trivet or underliner designed for high heat to protect your dining table or kitchen countertop from hot cookware.
How to Clean Heat Treated Cast Iron
Wash your heat-treated serveware by hand with warm water or place in the dishwasher. If needed, use a pan scraper to remove residue. It may also help to simmer water in the cookware for 3-5 minutes to help remove stuck-on food.
Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. If you notice a little black residue on your towel, it's just seasoning and is perfectly normal.
Rub a very light layer of cooking oil or our seasoning spray onto the surface of the pan, preferably while the serveware is still warm. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface until no oil residue remains.
Heat-Treated Cast Iron FAQs
Heat-Treated Iron is heated in a special oven at high temperatures, changing the molecular structure of the iron. This is not a coating of any kind. The process is similar to blued or case-hardened steel, like you find on tools or kitchen knives. The superior heat retention and other benefits of cast iron are all the same. All of our Heat-Treated products are also seasoned in our foundry for use right out of the box.
No. Even though our heat-treated iron is resistant to rust and dishwasher-safe, we do not recommend soaking your pan. If you need to remove sticky or stubborn stuck-on food, use a nylon scrubbing brush or a pan scraper and rinse under warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry your heat-treated pan.
Yes. You can use a small amount of soap to clean your heat-treated serveware.
Using a dishwasher to wash Heat-Treated Iron can strip the seasoning. Make sure to rub a light layer of oil or seasoning spray onto your cookware after each wash. You can also season in the oven as needed to help maintain a the easy-release finish.