How to care for your Cast Iron Cookware – Camp Ovens, Saucepans & Jaffle Irons
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How to care for your Cast Iron Cookware – Camp Ovens, Saucepans & Jaffle Irons

– G’day, my name’s Ashley, and I’m from the Tentworld online team. Today, I’m gonna give
you a few tips on how to season your new cast iron camp ware. And also just to keep
it in some good nick, how to maintain it over
the life of the products. So first of all, a lot of these products, the camp oven gear and the cast iron gear, will come pre-seasoned
already from the manufacturer. So that means, essentially you can grab it straight out of the box and get stuck in and use it straight away. But I do suggest that you also give it a little bit of care straight up and season your products
before that first use. So what we suggest is, first of all it’s always good to give your new products a bit of a wash. So, all we do there is a
bit of warm soapy water. Just get in there, give it a wash. That’ll take off, with
a scourer and so forth. That’ll take off any residual coating that’s been on there from manufacture. Or any dust or dirt that’s been on there before you get to use
it for the first time. So, some people will
say just use warm water. Some people will say soapy water’s fine. Personally I use soapy water. The main thing is after you’ve washed it, is give it a really good rinse down. And a dry down. So one of the real issues
with cast iron gear and rusting up is, what happens rust’s formed
through a few things. Iron, oxygen and water. So it’s really important to make sure that we get all the excess water off there once we’ve finished washing it. So once you’ve given your
new gear a good clean down, what we suggest is that you wanna give it a coating with some oil,
before we get to heating it up. So it’s usually good to use
a canola or a vegetable oil. The reason we suggest these oils is they’ve got a really
high smoking point. So that means that when we get some really good heat in to them,
they won’t smoke as much. You will still get some smoking. So make sure you’re doing all this in a well ventilated area. But yeah, just get your oil. Give it a nice wipe down. Give all the surfaces a wipe
down with your paper towel. Anything you’re using. Make sure it’s all coated
nice and generously. And then you wanna get it into some heat. So, a couple of ways you can do that. Obviously on your camp
fire or in an oven at home. But one of the ways we suggest,
it’s really easy to do it. Is at home, if you’ve
got a hooded barbecue. They’re really good, nice and easy to use. As well as gets nice heat
all around the product. So make sure you get that
heat up as high as you can. Pop it in the oven once it’s oiled up and you wanna leave it
there for about 45 minutes, to an hour even. Just give it time to cook in and get us that nice non-stick surface that we’re looking for
on all these products and get easy care going forward. So just remember also, when using any of your cast iron cookware, they do get a lot of heat into them. So we do encourage you to think about your safety at all times. Make sure you invest in a
good pair of leather gloves that’ll help you whilst
handling some of the items. You can also get a number
of different steel hooks that’d help lift the lids and so forth. So make sure you get out there, get all your safety gear intact. Because that is very important. They can do some damage
with the amount of heat that they store in there. So once it’s been in the heat for a while, with that oil inside it there baking away, to give us that non-stick
coating that we’re looking for. What you’ll do is you’ll
take it off the heat. We want you to let it cool down a bit. So you can work with it but you still want a
bit of warmth in there. So, what you’re gonna do to finish off your seasoning process, is get your oil again
and your paper towel. And make sure you coat it
all as a final coating, to stay sitting on top of the surface. You also wanna do the
outside of your products. So anything there that can come
in contact with the oxygen, is gonna make sure that
we wanna protect that for our storage. So what you wanna do is just make sure, after every time you use it, you do give it a good clean out. Once again, as I said, either hot water or some people do like to use a detergent. The main thing is making sure that it all gets rinsed off
really thoroughly afterwards. Once you’ve cleaned it up, make sure it’s really dry. Then you wanna be getting
another layer of oil on it, before you put it back in storage. So once again, always important, leaving your product with a
thin layer of oil on there. Just to protect that surface and stop any rusting that
could occur there for you. If you are gonna put
your items into storage, especially these camp oven type pots. What you wanna be doing is putting either a piece of paper
towel or a bit of cardboard, in between there for
when you set it together. It just saves it being sealed
up fully when it’s in storage and keeping any moisture
that’s locked in there and creating any issues on the surface. So, that’s always a good tip. Just some kind of little barrier in there to keep the circulation going. Outside of that, look if you season your
products first up really well, get that nice shiny black coat
on there that we wanna see. That non-stick coat. Keep doing it down the track. Make sure we’re cleaning
our products well after use and your cast iron product will
last a couple of lifetimes, if you take good care of ’em. So if you do get into a situation where your cast iron
gear or your camp oven does end up getting a little
bit of surface rust on it. That’s not too much of a problem. Don’t worry, you can get that back close to it’s original condition. What we suggest is you
get some water in there. Fill it right up and you
wanna bring that to the boil and you wanna simmer it
for a little bit of time. Half an hour or so. And then, take it off the heat. Let it cool down so it’s workable and then you wanna get in
there with a stiff brush or a scourer and really
hit those rusty spots. Okay, you may have to
do it a few times over. Keep filling up that water,
bringing it to the boil. Simmering it, cooling it back
down and hitting it again. But eventually you’ll end
up knocking that rust off. Once you do get it looking good again, then we go back to step one. We give it a good season
and we get it back on track for a life of many happy meals. So that’s it. That’s how to care for
your camp oven gear. Your cast iron cookware. As you can see there’s
plenty of options available. So, lot’s of ways to make delicious meals while out at the campsite. If you need to know more
about any of these products, please don’t hesitate
to get in touch with us here at Tentworld or online.


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