How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware
Wash your cast iron cookware by hand. You can use a small amount of soap. If needed, use a pan scraper for stuck on food. For stubborn, stuck-on food, simmer a little water for 3-5 minutes, then use the scraper after the pan has cooled. Our Seasoning Care Kit has everything you need to wash and care for cast iron the right way.
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 Seasoning Spray onto the surface of your cookware. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface until no oil residue remains.
What does seasoning mean?
Seasoning is just a fancy term for the oil baked onto the cast iron pan. It's what gives your skillet that classic black patina look. Seasoning forms a natural, easy-release cooking surface and helps prevent your pan from rusting. A well-seasoned cast iron pan can last for generations.