Caring For Your Smithey
care & conditioning
for your smithey
USE IT FREQUENTLY. THE OIL FROM YOUR FOOD KEEPS IT HEALTHY
CLEAN WITH WARM WATER (a few drops of dish soap won't hurt...)
DRY AND WIPE ENTIRE PIECE WITH A TOUCH OF COOKING OIL AFTER CLEANING
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. Avoid heavy-pressure scrubbing.
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.
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.
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. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be back to you quickly....we promise.
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 425 degrees for an hour.