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Seasoned Cast Iron Cleaning & Care


Lodge cast iron cookware is the perfect kitchen tool for beginners, home cooks, and chefs. Cast iron can handle any kitchen cooktop, oven, grill, and open flame. With a little bit of extra (and easy) care, your cast iron cookware can last for generations to come.

Cleaning Cast Iron

What is seasoning?

Seasoning is a layer of carbonized oil.

Seasoning is just oil baked onto the pan. That's it. This layer of oil gives cast iron cookware a natural, easy-release finish that gets better with every use.

We use 100% vegetable oil to season our cast iron cookware right in the foundry. The best way to maintain the seasoning on your pan is to use it. This builds up layers of baked on oil to improve the natural, easy-release surface.

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How to clean seasoned cast iron cookware

Yes, cleaning cast iron cookware may be a little different from what you're used to, but it's incredibly simple — just three steps. All you have to do is wash, dry, and rub with oil.

See the easy cleaning steps in action, and get all of the answer to the most common cast iron cleaning questions on our How to Clean page.

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Troubleshooting common concerns

Got rust on your pan? Is your seasoning sticky or flaking off? Don't worry! These common concerns are easy to fix. Your seasoned cast iron pans will be like new in no time.

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Cast iron or carbon steel?

How are carbon steel and cast iron pans different? Is one type of pan lighter than the other? What about heat retention? We'll walk you through the differences between cast iron and carbon steel so you can pick the perfect pan to meet your needs.

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