Lodge skillets are versatile and hassle-free! Use it at high or low temperatures, on the stove, the BBQ, oven or fire - the ultimate cast-iron all-rounder.
Pre-seasoned cast iron skillets from renowned American foundry Lodge are essential tools for the barbeque or the open fire or even in the kitchen. The factory pre-seasoning give them a black easy care patina that takes years to achieve at home.
The Lodge 26cm inch Skillet was rated one of the 20 most essential tools in the kitchen. With the largest selection of cast iron skillets, Lodge have a size and shape to meet any of your cooking needs - on the stove top, in the oven, or on the camp fire. No other skillet can match the legendary performance, durability, and value of Lodge Cast Iron.
The Chicago Tribune said it best: " To our surprise, higher cost didn't automatically equal best performance. While the most expensive skillets certainly performed well, the skillet we liked best cost the least: the Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet."
Hand wash. Wash your cast iron cookware by hand. You can use a small amount of soap. If needed, use a pan scrapper 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.
Dry immediately—even before first use. Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. If you notice a little black residue on your cloth, it's just seasoning and is perfectly normal.
Rub with a light coat of vegetable oil after every wash. Rub a light layer of cooking oil (something light like vegetable or soy not olive oil) onto the surface of your cookware. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface until no oil residue remains.
How much oil? Enough to restore the sheen, without being “sticky”.
Why? To keep the iron “seasoned” and protected from moisture.
“Seasoning” is oil baked onto the iron at a high temperature: not a chemical non-stick coating. Seasoning creates the natural, easy-release properties. All Lodge cookware comes pre-seasoned from the foundry, but the more you cook, the better the seasoning gets.
- If the seasoning on your pan is sticky, this is a sign of excess oil building up and not fully converting to seasoning. To remedy this, place the cookware in the oven, upside down on the top rack and bake at 230-260°C for 1 hour. Allow to cool and repeat if necessary.
- To maintain your seasoning, it is a good idea to pre-heat your Lodge cookware gradually and on a similar-sized burner/element. Since cast iron holds heat, it is not necessary to use a heat setting above medium. Along with maintaining your seasoning, it will help prevent food from sticking.
- Occasionally when your seasoning works a little too hard with acidic foods or really high heat, you may notice some dark residue on your towel when cleaning. This is perfectly safe and normal, and will go away with regular use and care.
- Some new Lodge cookware can have a small 'bubble' on the tip of the handle or on the assist handle, that can chip away and reveal a brownish colour underneath. This is not rust. It is a result of our cookware being seasoned on a hanging conveyor, causing a small drip to form at the bottom. If the bubble makes it through our ovens, it is baked on, and the brown underneath is simply oil that has not fully carbonised. It is perfectly safe, and will disappear with regular use and care.
Because you can create, maintain, and even repair the “seasoning”, your cookware can last 100 years or more. Chemical non-stick coating cannot be repaired, limiting lifespan.
At Milly's, we believe in buying once and buying well, investing in good quality product that will be with you for generations of use. This means taking care of your products and picking the right item for your needs is important - we've compiled a resource library with a lot of information on how to do just that which we welcome you to explore.
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