Use and Care Instructions
USING YOUR PRE-SEASONED CAST IRON
Before using your Cast Iron for the first time, hand-wash with hot water. Using soap may remove the pre-seasoning. Dry immediately and thoroughly to prevent rust.
Your Cast Iron has been pre-seasoned prior to shipment from the factory and does not need to be seasoned for the initial use. However, for best results, you may apply a light coating of cooking oil inside the Cast Iron before each use. This will ensure the Cast Iron remains properly seasoned and prevent rusting.
Note: Seasoning is a coat of soybean oil baked onto the cast iron Cast Iron at a high temperature, which provides easy-release properties to the Cast Iron. Cooking foods with fat and/or using oil will continue to season the Cast Iron over time.
To re-season the Cast Iron, apply a high smoke point cooking oil over the entire surface, then heat in the oven for an hour at 176 C (350 F). To catch excess oil, place a baking sheet on the oven rack below the Cast Iron. The Cast Iron is ready to use once cooled. You may wipe off any excess oil remaining on the Cast Iron.
To best preserve the Cast Iron’s seasoning, we recommend using silicone, nylon, bamboo or wood utensils when cooking. You may use metal utensils once the Cast Iron is well seasoned after many uses. Re-season as necessary.
Cook using low to medium heat only. The use of high heat is unnecessary, as cast iron is an excellent conductor of heat and effectively retains temperature. If using on a ceramic glass cooktop, always lift (do not slide) when moving to avoid scratching the cooktop.
This Cast Iron was developed for general use on conventional cooktops as identified by the cooktop icons. However, due to the nature of cast iron, certain cooktops, especially ceramic glass, may require special handling care when using this Cast Iron. To avoid damage/scratches on ceramic/glass cooktops (when applicable), we recommend reading your appliance’s Use and Care instructions prior to using the items.
Keep the Cast Iron on the burner only during the necessary time for cooking. Do not overheat empty Cast Iron.
The Cast Iron is oven-safe at temperatures up to 260 C (500 F). Even though integral handles and the lid knob are oven-safe, they will get hot in the oven and on the stovetop, particularly gas stoves where an open flame is used. Therefore, use protective mitts when handling hot Cast Iron.
Avoid sudden temperature changes such as immersing the hot Cast Iron in cold water. Always let the Cast Iron cool before washing.
CLEANING AND CARING
FOR YOUR PRE-SEASONED CAST IRON CAST IRON
HAND-WASH ONLY: We recommend hand-washing and drying the Cast Iron to preserve the seasoning. You may use mild, soapy water if you dry and oil your Cast Iron immediately after washing.
Metal scouring pads will remove seasoning.
To maintain seasoning, lightly rub cooking oil over the entire Cast Iron after drying thoroughly.
Avoid cooking acidic foods, such as tomatoes, in the Cast Iron as this may damage the seasoning and give the food a metallic taste. However, after a few uses and consistent seasoning, you may safely cook acidic foods in the Cast Iron.
Over time, the screw attaching the knob to the lid may become loose. In most cases, this can be corrected by re-tightening the screw, taking care not to over-tighten, as this may damage the lid. If the knob cannot be re-tightened, contact Tramontina’s Customer Service Department for assistance. For safety reasons, do not continue to use a cookware lid with a loose knob.
- HAND-WASH ONLY
- ALWAYS DRY THOROUGHLY
- KEEP CAST IRON CAST IRON SEASONED
- OVEN-SAFE UP TO 260 ºC (500 ºF)
- ALWAYS USE PROTECTIVE OVEN MITTS WHEN HANDLING HOT CAST IRON