Outdoor Cooking August 16 2022
As many of you know I have a passion for cooking outdoors. Be it on a camp stove, small wood stove, campfire, charcoal in a BBQ, cast iron pot or, in columns for cooking large pieces of meat or whole animals. I use various sizes and shapes of cast iron pots. These are not only for outdoor cooking but in use in my kitchen daily.
Care and use of cast iron cookware
Cast iron cookware is a lifetime pan, sometimes one passed down from generation to generation. Treated properly it will give you joy, roasting, baking, stewing, and frying. Start out with a well-seasoned pan. Most newly purchased pans come pre-seasoned so they can be used at once. Lodge Cast Iron cookware is one of the premium brands and is made in the USA. They have a good variety of pan styles and lots of information on their website. Any pan can be made well again no matter what its condition. One of my first pots had been used to collect engine oil for many years. Garage sales are a great place to pick up a good pot that just needs some time and elbow grease. Sometimes grandma’s favourite pot is heavily encrusted with grease and cooking grime from decades. Here are some methods of restoring that pot to its former beauty.
Using your self-cleaning oven mode.
Place your grease-encrusted cast iron pots and pans in the oven upside down and let them go through the cleaning cycle. They will come out covered in fine ash and possibly show some rust. Use fine steel wool to clean off the rust. Wash and dry well. Now we are ready to re-season the cast iron. Using a lint-free cloth spread a fine layer of cooking oil on the inside and outside of the pan. Make sure you cover all surfaces and ensure there is no pooling of oil. Bake for 1 hour in a 450-500 degrees. Let the pan cool in the oven and repeat the procedure.
To keep your pans nice on an ongoing basis, keep your pans clean. Mostly your pans can be cleaned just using warm water and a light scrubby. When you have cooked things that have strong flavours and smells, or acid things like tomatoes do not be afraid to wash your pans with warm soapy water. Make sure they are dried well, a few moments on the woodstove or stove top will do the trick. When they are dry give them a wipe with a mixture of 4 parts coconut oil and 1 part beeswax. I keep a small jar of this mixture in the kitchen to regularly wipe down my pans.
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