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for your smithey

  1. USE IT FREQUENTLY. THE OIL FROM YOUR FOOD KEEPS IT HEALTHY

  2. CLEAN WITH WATER

  3. DRY AND WIPE ENTIRE PIECE WITH A TOUCH OF COOKING OIL AFTER CLEANING

Range/Stovetop for your Smithey

Electric, Gas, Induction....we have yet to find a range that doesn't work for a Smithey. Occasionally, customers wonder if the heat ring on the underside of our skillets effect performance. Answer - not at all. We have tested & designed our skillets to perform properly. We particularly like induction burners...

How do I clean and maintain my Smithey?

We recommend a light wash with warm water to clean your Smithey. If food remnants are stubborn, a soft scrape with a metal spatula, or a touch of dish soap and a nylon scouring pad will work. It is important to thoroughly dry your Smithey after each use. Then apply a light layer of vegetable oil and store on your range. We like to place over a burner for a few minutes to ensure it is dry. Don’t put your Smithey in the dishwasher or soak in water.

I see splotches on my Smithey's surface after I season or cook on it. Is this normal?

Yes. What you are seeing is completely normal, particularly for pans that you are using for the first time. As you cook on the skillet, those splotches will blend in against the pan's surface as it darkens. In fact, the splotches you are seeing are the beginnings of seasoning layers. Seasoning is a marathon process that really comes with use. Be sure to wipe a little bit of oil on the surface & the underside of the skillet every week or so, and your Smithey will be on a path to heirloom status.

What is seasoning?

Seasoning is a thin layer of oil, that when heated to an appropriate temperature, cures over the surface of your cast iron cookware. Like a layer of paint over your house, seasoning protects cast iron from exposure to air and moisture. In addition to protecting the surface, seasoning helps to establish and enhance a non-stick surface.

How should I season my new cookware?

Cook with it! As you cook with your Smithey, the oils from your food will adhere to its surface, building extra layers of seasoning that will make it even more non-stick.

To add an additional layer of seasoning, please do the following:

1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
2. Warm your Smithey to touch over your range or in oven.
3. Apply a tablespoon of your preferred seasoning oil over skillet’s entire surface area. We recommend shortening, vegetable oil, flax seed oil, duck fat, or beef tallow.
4. Very important... wipe the oil you just applied off with a paper towel. Don’t worry, there will still be a very thin layer left.
5. Put your Smithey in oven for 1 hour.
6. After 1 hour, turn oven off and let your Smithey cool down. It’s seasoned!

Is my Smithey Pre-seasoned?

Yes. Your Smithey is pre-seasoned with a thin layer of oil after it is finished in our shop to protect it before it arrives in your kitchen.

Is Smithey Ironware non-stick?

Polished cast iron features a smooth surface that becomes naturally non-stick with use. We buff, grind, and polish your Smithey in our workshop to create a simple, beautiful, satin-like surface. That said, we recommend using oil to get the most out of a Smithey. Its non-stick surface will improve as you cook with it and/or add additional seasoning layers.

Cooking Advice

1) We recommend that your first dish with a Smithey have a higher fat content. From our experience, beef tallow provides a solid foundation for great things to come. Burgers or steaks are an excellent option.

2) Heat slowly. Cast Iron absorbs heat slowly, but retains and emits heat with more effect. This means if you are searing a protein, you will need to give your skillet about 4-5 minutes to reach an appropriate searing temperature. Once your Smithey reaches temperature, it packs a punch.

What color is Cast Iron?

Cast iron is naturally grey. The first layers of seasoning we apply to your Smithey give it a copper shade. As you cook with your Smithey, it will take on a time-honored deep black patina.

Durability / Material Quality

One of the great myths of cast iron is that you need to treat it with extreme care. While we appreciate caring for any cooking tool, cast iron is an extraordinarily durable material. There is very little that you can do that isn’t restorable. If iron has any enemy, it is moisture, so keep it dry and oiled.

Rust

If you thoroughly dry and oil your Smithey, rust won’t be a problem. If rust develops, don’t worry - it’s a quick fix. Remove rust by rubbing with scouring pad or paper towel. Now wipe off with water, dry, and apply light layer of oil. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for an hour.

Can I Bake with my Smithey?

Yes. Perfect for baking breads, soufflés, pies, etc. Your oven can’t get too hot for a Smithey.

What is the purpose of the three holes on the lip of the pan?

1) to reduce weight.
2) to hang from a rack
3) to give your fingers and thumbs a gripping point when handling or pouring.

What’s in a name?

A Smithey is a metal craftsmen or the shop in which that craftsmen works. We like the name Smithy, but we like it more with an “e”.

What type of bird is on your logo?

The bird you see in our logo is a California Quail, a game bird that inhabits the western US. Isaac Morton, our founder, spent many years in Northern California before returning to his roots in the Carolinas. An avid outdoorsman, Isaac’s weekends were consumed by scouting the great state in search of fish, game, surf, and solitude. Given his fond memories of the natural beauty of California, the quail seemed a fitting reminder of a place that holds a special place in his heart. It’s also one of the best tasting game birds you can imagine when properly prepared. Butter, thyme, salt, and pepper quickly seared in your Smithey...

Our Guarantee

We stand behind the quality of our cookware and will do what it takes to earn your satisfaction. If your Smithey is defective, we’ll replace it. If it fails you after honest and normal use, we’ll repair or replace it.

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