HOW TO PREPARE A NEW UNSEASONED CAST IRON PRODUCT FOR FIRST USE
1. Wash it with water and dish soap.
2. Dry it with a cloth or towel.
The cast iron pan or cauldron should be fully dry.
3. Preheat the oven until it reaches 250 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Celsius MAX).
4. Fill it with the salt and place it in the oven. Heat up the cauldron or pan for about 30-40 minutes.
5. Carefully take it out of the oven.
Let it cool down, remove salt, then wash and dry.
It should be fully dry.
6. After putting a few drops of linseed oil on the pan, gently grease it with a paper towel.
If by any chance you poured too much oil you need to wipe it off with a paper towel or a napkin. The layer of oil should be very thin.
During the process of greasing your pan, the paper towel (or napkin) that you are using could have some rust marks on it. That is completely normal because right after the first wash, the rust already starts forming on the cast iron.
7. Now that the pan cooled down a little, you have to heat it up in the oven again, now for a couple minutes.
8. Carefully take it out of the oven again and grease it once more, putting on the second layer.
9. Put it back in the oven for 1 hour. After leave it in the oven to cool down, DO NOT take it out until completely cooled off.
This is enough, but if you want a better and even bigger effect, then you can repeat the procedure a second and third time.
- When you started cooking, immediately after every meal you need to wash the pan/cauldron etc.
- Wipe it completely dry (never allow cast iron to air-dry as this can allow rust to form).
- Grease it with a small drop of linseed oil.
- Please do not leave any food in the pan.
- Store your cast iron products in a cool dry place.
- Never use an abrasive aggressive cleaning methods of cleaning, never soak it in water.
- Please note that cast iron products are NOT DISHWASHER SAFE.