All FINEX cast iron cookware comes pre-seasoned with organic flaxseed oil and is ready for immediate cooking use. When you first unbox your new cast iron cookware, give it a quick rinse with warm water and immediately dry it completely.
When your cast iron is new, be sure to use a little extra cooking oil during the first few times you cook with it. Over time, your FINEX cast iron will continue to develop a natural seasoning with the oils and fats you cook with. This will enhance the naturally stick-resistant surface for ultra-smooth cooking results every time. It's completely normal for the color to change as you build up your natural seasoning.
WHEN IT'S TIME TO CLEAN YOUR CAST IRON
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FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE CAST IRON CLEANING STEPS
STEP 1 - WASH
Cast iron is not dishwasher safe, nor is it intended to be soaked in water for long periods of time. Don't be afraid to clean your cast iron though—the easiest cleaning method is to use hot water and a rag to wipe it down. Use a dab of soap if necessary. For tough cleaning scenarios, use a scotch-brite pad (or scrubber of choice) to remove the heavy stuff. Once clean, rinse thoroughly.
STEP 2 - DRY
Once you've washed your cast iron and rinsed it thoroughly, be sure to completely dry it immediately—do not "air dry." Use a towel of choice to wipe it down—paper towels work just fine. It's natural iron after all and it loves to rust if we leave it wet. We like to say "we've never seen a dry cast iron skillet rust."
STEP 3 - OIL
This step is optional, but many cast iron enthusiasts apply a very thin layer of oil right after washing and drying their cast iron thoroughly. Applying oil protects the natural seasoning you've worked hard to develop and also provides protection against moisture and corrosion when storing. We recommend using only flaxseed oil for re-seasoning applications. Using a cloth of choice, apply a very thin layer of flaxseed oil and wipe off any excess. Store for your next use.
WHAT ABOUT RUST? IT'S TIME RE-SEASON
Occasionally we all make mistakes. Maybe we left the cast iron out to air dry after washing, or the cleaning help ran your cast iron pan through the dishwasher, or we vigorously cleaned our cast iron and removed a good portion of its natural seasoning. This happens all the time and the good news is cast iron is very forgiving. With some basic cleaning and re-seasoning, you can quickly restore cast iron to its original working condition, which is why FINEX cast iron is good forever.
First, remove any rust
If you have rust, simply use steel wool (also known as a wire sponge) to thoroughly clean any rust that's on the cast iron pan. Even if it was run through a dishwasher, just be patient and use your steel wool to remove all rust from the pan.
Wash and Dry Thoroughly
After removing all rust, completely wash and dry your cast iron thoroughly to remove any loose iron dust particles.
After drying thoroughly, it's time to restore the seasoning using flaxseed oil. We recommend only using flaxseed oil to re-season your cast iron because of its high heat tolerance and durability. When baked, flaxseed oil provides a hardened seasoning coat that isn't sticky and delivers superior stick resistant performance that doesn't wear out quickly.
Simply apply a generous coat of flaxseed oil to the entire pan, and wipe off any significant excess. Next, bake in your oven at 400-degrees for one hour, or until the flax coating is smooth to the touch, it shouldn't feel tacky when completely cooled.