Care and cleaning of cast iron cookware
Cast iron cookware is extremely energy efficient, and best results are obtained on a low to medium heat. Food sticking is nearly always going to happen when the correct heat is not being used.
Cast iron needs to be pre-heated slowly. If you heat it too quickly on too high heat, the cast iron expands faster than the enamel - which can result in the enamel chipping. Depending upon the size of each item it should be preheated on a low to medium setting for approximately 3-4 minutes without a lid and with no oils. If the item is pre-heated with the lid on - it causes a build up of heat too quickly and the enamel also may chip.
Wooden Handles and Knobs
Ensure that the black handles and knobs on your cast iron cook ware are oven and grill safe. Handles made from teak or beechwood should not be used in the oven.
Matt Black Enamel Interiors
Matt Black enamel is applied to the interiors of Grills, Frypans, Skillets, Woks, and Sauté Pans. It is robust and hardwearing that will gradually, with use, take on its own surface and is ideal for searing and browning. It is recommended that all Matt Black pieces be seasoned before use. Once the Piece has been seasoned, it is not necessary for it to be scrubbed or washed in hot soapy water.
Preferred Oils to Use
On the matt black surfaces, it is recommended to use peanut oil or grape seed oil. These oils are less volatile (they have a stable holding temperature of 220ºC) and will not cause food to stick. Use olive oil only for added flavour at the end of the cooking process.
Remember! During pre-heating no oils at all should be used. The secret is in using very little oil!
With the sand coloured enamel products such as the French Ovens, use butter, or olive oil. Recommended for use with wooden, plastic and silicone cooking utensils.
Cleaning and Storage
The enamel surface is a fantastic material as it cleans very easily. For stubborn marks or food residue, usually a nylon scourer can be used. Generally, rusting on the rim of cast iron pieces is caused by the piece either being washed in a dishwasher or not being dried properly after cleaning. To remove, use a liquid washing detergent and a nylon scourer to rub the rust away. When clean, wipe dry and apply oil to rim. Always hand dry rims and lids thoroughly with a hand towel.