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Use and Care of Cast Iron

Seasoning cast iron: Wash thoroughly with mild dishwashing liquid. Rinse with hot water and dry completely with a soft cloth or paper towel. Never allow to drain dry, or wash in a dishwasher. Grease the inside of the pan with a light coating of solid vegetable shortening. Do not use salted fat (butter or margarine). Place the greased pan in a 250-300 oven and bake. After 10-15 minutes, remove pan from oven, drain off oil and return to oven for one hour. Remove from oven while hot and allow to cool naturally. Rust spots: If your cast ironware gets light rust spots, scour the rusty areas with steel wool until rust is gone. Wash, dry and repeat seasoning process.