Maintenance – Cast Iron Cookware

cast ironware

How to maintain your cast iron cookware

Taking care of your cast iron cookware

Unlike other pans, cast iron cookware actually improves with age. Here are a few tips to help your iron pans grow old gracefully.

Washing & Drying

  • When washing, wait for the iron pan to cool down first. Don’t put water in the hot pan or it may warp. It will also wash the oil out of the pores.
  • After washing/drying spread a thin layer of oil to your cast iron pan with a soft paper towel.
  • A quick way to dry your pan after washing is to put it on low heat and wait for a few minutes for the water to evaporate.
  • Do not wash iron pans in the dishwasher – the chemicals will strip out the oils in your seasoned pan
  • Unless the pan is really greasy only use hot water for cleaning, no detergent. If you do happen to use detergent, make sure you reseason the pan again afterwards.
  • Never use a metal brush or metal scourer to wash the pan. Use a plastic or bristle brush instead.


  • Never put a cast iron pot or pan directly on high heat. Always use a medium heat and let the heat build.
  • Always wait for the pan to become hot before adding ingredients as the food will stick.
  • Season your cast iron pan every couple of months (or as needed) to maintain a natural non-stick surface
  • If cooking simmered or wet dishes, season your cast iron after each use.


  • Always dry your pan completely before storage, you can dry on the stovetop on a low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  • When storing for a long time rub the surface with a little oil and wrap in a tea towel.

General Maintenance

  • Do not drop an iron pan as it may crack (or break your foot)
  • Never store food or liquid in your cast iron pot as it will react with the iron surface.

Your Oigen cast iron cookware will last a lifetime if you can follow these simple maintenance tips. Enjoy.

Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

Seasoning cast ironware

Follow these simple steps to get your cast iron cookware stovetop ready.

Lamb Shank Ragu Recipe

lamb shank ragu recipe

Lamb shanks will make even the coldest day seem warmer. This slow cooked lamb ragu is perfectly suited to Oigen cast iron cookware.

Japanese Nabe Recipe

japanese nabe
Nabemono is a simple nutritious family meal we love to eat in winter. It’s a guilt free, non-stodgy and super healthy dish to replace the usual heavy winter fare.

Scallop Pie Cast Iron Recipe

scallop pie

If you like cream based seafood dishes you’ll love this recipe for scallop pies. Perfect for a cold night. Match with a chablis or dry sake.

Oigen Launch In Australia

oigen press launch

19 October 2011 – Chef’s Armoury hosted the official launch of Oigen and Naked Pan cast iron cookware at the Electrolux Showcase, Sydney Australia. Oigen have been making cast ironware since 1852.