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I love my cast iron cookware. In fact, all of my cookware is cast iron except one small pot Calvin already had and my pressure cooker. It’s no more work to clean than stainless steel and has lots of great benefits!

  • Cooking in cast iron helps increase your iron intake!
  • It can be non-stick if you care for it correctly.
  • There are no toxins leaching into your food, unlike from aluminum or Teflon cookware.
  • You can use it in the oven as well as on your stovetop.
  • You can take it camping! I took our dutch oven on a trip and used it to cook our meals over the fire.
  • It’s affordable! You can get all sizes on Amazon for as low as $9!

I’m new to caring for cast iron, but here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • Only use soap when something is super greasy.
  • Dry immediately, or let air dry and follow the steps below to restore before storing.
  • Use wooden spoons.

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If I let it airdry, I simply pour a little olive oil on a paper towel and spread it over the surface.


I have the following pans and find they work perfect for all my cooking needs!

Lodge L3SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 6.5-inch

Lodge L5SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 8-inch

Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart

Lodge L14SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 15-inch


4 thoughts on “How To Care For Cast Iron”

  1. Hi Olivia,

    I’m so excited to see you blogging again! The first post I’d ever read of yours was the one about ethically made clothing, and it really resonated with me. Whenever I see “made in China (or whichever country)” tags, I pause to think about the industry and if the workers were treated fairly. The post has inspired me to think through my clothing purchases and I want to become even more conscious about it.

    I must have been nuts because I didn’t follow your blog immediately when I read the post a over year ago, but I’m delighted I rediscovered it and your Instagram this fall. I’ve been wanting to get a denim skirt recently, and as you’ve said, there just doesn’t seem to be a modest, fashionable, and comfortable design out there. I’m really glad to have found yours. I want to get the ebook and sew my own as soon as possible.

    Also, I read all your posts on your and your husband’s story, and it’s really encouraging to see a couple around my age who are truly God-fearing and mutually building each other up. I cried when I read your wedding post; it’s a beautiful story. Thank for sharing so much of your special day us readers.

    I hope you have a lovely night and day tomorrow. I’m looking forward to reading more whenever you post 🙂


    P.S. To make this actually relate to the above post in some way, I love cast iron too! I have only a 12 inch pan, but I use it every day and hardly use any other pan/pot. It’s just so versatile and hardly an inconvenience to clean at all.

  2. I love my cast iron! I grew up using it and can’t imagine cooking with anything else. 🙂

    I just wanted to say that you should never let cast iron air dry since it can go rusty very easily. It looks like this might have happened to the big pan in your top photo already? To help maintain the seasoning after drying your pan with a towel, rub some oil on it and heat it up again. The heated oil will polymerize onto the pan, helping to maintain the non-stick seasoning qualities.

  3. I used cast iron for decades before I learned the “secret” of using a pan or pot and not having food get stuck. HEAT the pan first. Never put anything into your cast iron pan until the pan is good and hot. Then use a drop or two of oil, smear it around with a paper towel, then add food. Scrambled eggs won’t even stick if the pan is well seasoned and HOT before putting the eggs in. This applies to oven cooking as well (cornbread, etc.).
    Tomatoes are dynamite on removing the seasoning from cast iron so avoid cooking food with tomatoes or other foods with lots of acid.
    Cleaning cast iron while still warm will also help preserve the seasoning. Wash, dry, heat, swipe with a tiny bit of oil. Let sit till cool before storing. Cast Iron also need to “breathe” so when storing, a lid is place on the pan or pot, leave ajar somewhat so air can get inside.

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