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Caring for your Cast Iron Ovens and Skillets


A good Dutch oven or cast iron skillet will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Once your cast iron is well seasoned clean up is a snap. After cooking, wash it out with hot water (NO SOAP!) and dry completely inside and out. While it is still warm wipe it down with a thin layer of oil, it should have a nice shine. Don’t over do it as pooled up oil will turn rancid and become hard and varnish like.

Store your cast iron in a moisture free, low humidity place. If it’s going to be stored for extended periods, place a paper towel in it to absorb any condensation or moisture that may occur.

Now for aluminum oven, just scrub and dry, that’s it.

I keep all my ovens in carry bags to keep the oiled finish from getting on everything and collecting dust and dirt during storage or transport.

These small steps will ensure a lifetime of service from your cookware.

Dan & Katherine

What’s Cooking?
How do we know when its done?
We use the smell test.
When it smells done, its done.
When it smells burnt, its burnt
and
When you can't smell it,
its not done.
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