Seasoning your cookware | Why it’s necessary and how to do it

Seasoning your cookware | Why it’s necessary and how to do it

Although non-stick coatings were designed to provide you with a cooking surface that prevents food from sticking, occasionally they need a little rejuvenating to perform at their absolute best! Seasoning your cookware is a bit like caring for your skin. It’s your lifelong partner, but gets a bit worn out over time, and every now and then deserves a bit of pampering at the spa!

Luckily, seasoning your cookware doesn’t require an entire day out of your busy schedule; in fact it’s really quick and simple. Seasoning is simply the process of treating the surface of your cookware with an oil/fat based coating to prevent food from sticking to the surface. Some non-stick pans require seasoning over time to preserve the non-stick coating, while others, like cast iron, can be seasoned to create a non-stick-like surface.

Seasoning a cast iron pan, which doesn’t come with a non-stick coating is therefore different to seasoning a product that already has a non-stick coating, like our Marcomb cookware.

To maintain your non-stock coating, it is best to cook at low to medium temperatures. 

What you will need
  • Vegetable oil or lard
  • Paper towel
Seasoning your Marcomb cookware
  1. Heat your pan/wok on the stovetop until it is just warm.
  2. Evenly coat the pan with oil/lard.
  3. Heat the oil until ripples begin to appear on the oil’s surface.
  4. Remove from the heat and pour out the oil.
  5. Wipe the inside of the pan with paper towels to remove the excess oil.
  6. Let the pan cool to room temperature.
Seasoning your cast iron pans
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
  2. Using a scrubbing brush and a bit of dishwashing liquid, scrub off any residue on the pan.
  3. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  4. Using paper towel, wipe a thin layer of oil/lard over the inside of your pan.
  5. Place in the pre-heated oven for one hour.
  6. Turn off the heat and allow the pan and oven to cool to room temperature.

Caring for your cast iron pans

You will not need to and should not use soap or detergent to clean it your cast iron pan once seasoned. We recommend simply wiping your pan after each use or using boiling water or coarse salt to remove food residue. Harsh detergents and dishwashers can remove the seasoning on cast iron.

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