The Lodge 5 Piece Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware Set is an ideal combination of the most necessary pieces for a complete kitchen. An excellent gift for the home chef, this set will stand the test of time.
Can I put my cast iron pan in the dishwasher?
No. Our cast iron cookware should be washed by hand. A dishwasher will remove the seasoning and likely cause rust. For dishwasher-safe cookware, check out our heat-treated serveware.
Can I use steel wool or a metal scrubber to clean my cast iron pan?
No! We recommend using a pan scraper or the Lodge Chainmail Scrubber to remove any stuck-on residue.
We only recommend using steel wool or a metal scrubber to remove rust before reseasoning.
Can I use soap to wash cast iron?
Contrary to popular belief, you can use a small amount of soap to clean cast iron cookware! Large amounts of soap can strip the seasoning off your pan, but you can easily re-season your pan as needed.
Can I soak my cast iron pan?
No! Soaking cast iron in water is a recipe for rust. If you need to remove sticky or stubborn stuck-on food, use a nylon scrubbing brush or a pan scraper and rinse under warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry your pan.
Note: If you do accidentally leave your pan in water for too long and it develops rust, don't panic! With a little extra care, you can remove the rust and continue using your 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.
Rust forms when the cookware is exposed to moisture for extended periods of time and is not harmful in any way. If cast iron is left in the sink to soak, put in the dishwasher, or allowed to air dry, it will rust. It can also happen when you store your cookware in moisture-prone environments, such as a cabinet near a dishwasher, an open cabinet in a humid location, or stored outside.
Follow these steps to restore your cast iron skillet.
Scour (Step 1)
Scour the surface with warm, soapy water and a metal scouring pad. It's okay to use the scouring pad and soap since you are preparing to re-season the cookware. Rinse and hand dry thoroughly.
If you have a Lodge Rust Eraser, use it at this juncture to easily remove surface rust on cast iron cookware. It's made of rubber and silicon carbide—essentially sandpaper without the paper—bound together into a solid brick for easy handling. After you use the rust eraser, thoroughly remove all residual material, and continue with the restoration process detailed below.
Oil (Step 2)
Apply a very thin, even layer of cooking oil to the cookware (inside and out). If you use too much oil, your cookware may become sticky.
Bake (Step 3)
Place the cookware in the oven upside down on the top rack and place aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch any excess oil that may drip off the cookware. Bake at 450-500 degrees F for one hour. Allow to cool and repeat as necessary to achieve the classic black patina.