USE AND CARE SEASONED CAST IRON
To enjoy Victoria Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware and preserve its beauty for generations to come, keep in mind the following use and care instructions:
HOW TO CLEAN SEASONED CAST IRON FOR EVERYDAY USE
By following these steps you can make sure your cookware stays clean and increasingly seasoned:
1. Allow cookware to cool enough to handle, but still quite warm.
2. Hand wash with hot water & salt or mild soap.
3. Use a towel to dry thoroughly (important!)
4. Rub a thin layer of oil inside the cookware & on the rim (Palm, Flaxseed, Coconut, Canola, Crisco, or other).
5. Place on stove (or oven) & heat up until lightly smoking.
6. Turn off heat. Carefully use a paper towel to wipe off excess oil (this avoids a sticky surface).
7. Once completely cool, store in a cool, dry place.
HOW TO RESTORE SEASONED CAST IRON
• If there is rust or gunk, first scrub the whole cookware with a steel wool sponge.
• Using a scouring pad, wash with soap & hot water.
• Use a towel to dry thoroughly (important!)
• Place on hot stove to completely evaporate any excess moisture.
• Rub a thin layer of oil all over the cookware, inside & outside. (Palm, Flaxseed, Coconut, Canola, Crisco, or other).
• Once the oil is rubbed in thoroughly, use a clean paper towel to wipe off excess oil (this avoids stickiness).
• Place cookware in an oven at 450° to 500°. Bake for 1 hour. Depending on the type of oil you use, it can get quite smoky (research oil smoking points).
• Allow to cool completely & store in cool, dry place.
CAST IRON TIPS
• NEVER clean in dishwasher. Follow cleaning instructions before first use.
• Cast iron handles get hot, use protective mitts & trivets.
• Cooking oil can be: Palm, Flaxseed, Coconut, Canola, Crisco, or other.
• Proper care & seasoning will make your cookware progressively more non-stick.
• Acidic foods (citrus, beans, tomatoes) can weaken the seasoning. Avoid cooking these foods until the cookware is very well seasoned.
• NEVER slide cookware on glass or ceramic cooktops to avoid scratches.
• Not suitable for the microwave.
• Some foods may stick the first few times of use. Use a little extra cooking oil until the seasoning is strong and settled.
• Due to sand molding and traditional practices, each cast iron piece is unique. Your cookware may have some irregularities that are purely cosmetic and do not affect the use of the product.
• ATTENTION: Use caution when moving or holding griddles that have removable handles. Removable handles can become undone from the griddle if carrying too much weight, or carrying inappropriately. Never use the removable handles to carry the griddle while hot and/or with food items. Careful not to pinch the handles while carrying.
USE AND CARE ENAMELLED
USE AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR VICTORIA ENAMELLED CAST IRON
To enjoy Victoria Enameled Cast Iron Cookware and preserve its beauty for generations to come, keep in mind the following use and care instructions:
1. Before first use, remove all packaging and adhesives. Wash the product with warm water and soap, and dry carefully. Now it is ready for use and does not need other preparations while the enamel is in perfect condition.
2. Victoria cast iron utensils are suitable for all common heat sources: oven, induction stove, electric stove, gas, bonfire, grill, etc.
They should never be used in a microwave. Never use on a weak or unstable heat source as weight can cause tipping. When using on a glass or ceramic stove, always position and lift your kitchen utensil carefully. Always use a burner with dimensions similar to the diameter of the product, for a better distribution of heat, stability and protection of the product. The contact with flames or fire should not come out of the bottom of the product, should never spread through its walls, as it can affect the enamel. When using it in the oven, never place it on the base of the oven, but on the dividing grids or stable trays.
3. For daily use, preheat over low to medium heat for a few minutes; once heated, add oil, butter or food. Do not add oil before reaching cooking temperature, this can damage your oil or release smoke and strong odors. Cast iron offers excellent heat retention and for this reason it is not necessary to cook at high levels, it is recommended to cook at medium and low levels. When cooking eggs and other delicate foods, a low level is suggested. High temperatures can cause the food to stick together. High heat is only recommended for recipes that require boiling or sealing.
NEVER heat at high or maximum power in an induction stove. To avoid wear, cracking or breakage in the cast iron part you should first heat to medium power and then increase power if necessary.
4. IMPORTANT: Avoid impact with hard surfaces or kitchen utensils. A hard impact can cause cracking and detachment of the enamel. Be careful not to hit cooking utensils such as spoons or spatulas against the edge of the glazed product.
In case your product is cracked or detached, it can be protected with the same process that is used on seasoned cast iron cookware.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
WARNING: Never immerse or introduce hot cast iron products into cold water. Thermal shock can cause deterioration or even cracks due to sudden changes in temperature. You can wash with lukewarm water once the cooking utensils have a temperature suitable for handling. Wash with warm or hot soapy water. Use regular dish soap. You can use a plastic scraper, a stiff brush, or a dish sponge. If you don’t have a plastic scraper, you can use a wooden or plastic spatula to scrape off sticky foods. Avoid steel sponges or abrasive cleaners.
For persistent adhesions, you can soak cooking utensils for 15 to 20 minutes in warm soapy water, then clean as usual. After cleaning, dry with a towel. It is recommended to dry the kitchen utensil completely and never leave it on the drying shelf. After a few uses, you will see a “patina” (a thin dark film) on the cooking surface. This is the result of cooking natural fats and oils on the glazed surface. This is normal and beneficial as it will prevent food from sticking. Keep in mind that burned or sticky foods should always be scraped and cleaned; this is not the same as patina, which is simply a thin, completely smooth film on the cooking surface similar to “seasoned”. Victoria enamelled cast iron cookware is dishwasher safe, however, it will considerably remove the patina layer produced over time. The patina improves cooking efficiency and forms a natural film that improves anti-adherence every time.