All of Lodge’s pre-seasoned cookware is ready to use upon purchase. We carry items from their original range, as well as the more user-friendly Chef Collection and 25% lighter Blacklock. All pieces can be used on all cooking surfaces, grills and campfires, except for the Original Reversible Griddle. Because of its raised edge, this griddle will not make good contact for induction.
To clean, you need to hand wash, preferably with no soap, dry immediately and rub with a light coat of vegetable oil before storing. This will keep the iron seasoned and protected from moisture. If using no soap is too scary, wash with a paste made of soda bicarb and water. Dishwashers, strong detergents and metal scouring pads are not recommended as they remove the seasoning. If your cast iron pan rusts as a result of too much prolonged contact with water, it’s really easy to fix by re-seasoning the pan. For a detailed guide on how to clean and season a cast iron pan, read our guide.
Proper use and care will keep your Lodge cookware in top form for a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Lodge skillets pre-seasoned?
Lodge cast iron comes seasoned and ready to use. All you need to do is give it a quick rinse and hand dry, then you are ready to start cooking.
What is Lodge cast iron seasoned with?
Lodge uses highly refined soybean oil to season their traditional cast iron. The oil contains no animal fat, peanut oil or synthetic chemicals.
How do I clean a Lodge skillet?
It is best to wash cast iron by hand with a nylon or natural bristle scrub brush. For stuck on bits, you may also simmer a little water for 1 minute, then scrape with a spatula after cooled. Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
Next, rub in a very light layer of cooking oil all over both sides of the pan, preferably while the cookware is still warm. Hang or store your pan in a dry place.
Soap isn’t always necessary, but if you like, a little mild detergent is fine. However, stay away from dishwashers and metal scouring pads, which can harm the seasoning you are working so hard to build up.
Why is Lodge cast iron rough?
This is a result of the sand casting process. With use and replenishment of the seasoning, the pan will become smoother and will only get better with use. If you are concerned about roughness, it is alright to use a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth out the rough areas. Just make sure to re-season the item before using.
How do you re-season Lodge cast iron?
If at any time during the life of your cookware you notice that food sticks to the surface, a dull, grey colour or rust appears, you may need to re-season your cookware. To do this, follow the process below.
Wash the cookware with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. Note that It is okay to use soap this time because you are preparing to re-season the cookware. Rinse and dry completely. Next, apply a very thin, even coating of vegetable cooking oil to the cookware inside and out; do not use too much oil as this will result in a sticky finish.
Place a sheet of aluminium foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any drips. Set oven temperature to 180-200°C and place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven to prevent pooling. Bake the cookware for at least one hour; then turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven. Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled; repeat as necessary.
This brief video shows just how easy it is:
Where are Lodge skillets made?
All Lodge seasoned cast iron is manufactured in USA and always will be.