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Posted: July 15th. 2004 11:39:45 AM

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The Ten Commandments of Cauldrons

by Lady Abigail

[WVox Sponsor]

Age Group: Adult


The Ten Commandments
In Caring for Cast Iron Cauldrons
And other Cast Iron Cookware

1. Wash new Cauldron and any Cast Iron with hot, soapy sea salt water. (This is the only time any Cast Iron should ever be touched with soap.) Rinse and Dry completely.

2. Apply a thin coat of melted vegetable shortening (i.e. Crisco) to the entire surface (including lid if applicable) , both inside and out.

3. Line the lower oven rack with aluminum foil (To catch any drippings) , and preheat oven to 350° F.

4. Place Cauldron and any Cast Iron upside down on the upper oven rack, and bake for one hour.

5. Turn oven off and let Cauldron and any Cast Iron cool before removing from oven.

6. Store in a cool, dry place. If you have a lid for your Cauldron and any Cast Iron, place a folded paper towel between the lid and the utensil to allow air to circulate.

7. NEVER wash any Cast Iron Cauldron or any Cast Iron in dishwasher. Remove any heavy food or grease build up in a self cleaning over or with steel wool, sandpaper, etc. {To include resins & incensed} Then re-season.

8. NEVER wash Cast Iron Cauldron or other Cast Iron with soap or dishwashing detergents It will cause rust and in cooking a metal taste. If this happens scour off the rust and repeat the seasoning process.

9. NEVER use any Cast Iron to store or save food in. NEVER leave liquid materials in Cauldrons.

10. After use: Clean using a stiff brush and hot water only (do not wash in dishwasher) . Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of vegetable oil to cookware while still warm.

What is seasoning?
Seasoning is preparing a Cast Iron Cauldron or other Cast Iron cookware for use. There are two objectives in this process:

1. Coat the Cast Iron to prevent rust; and
2. To create a natural, permanent non-stick cooking surface.

Seasoning is an easy, but very important first step when using cast iron. Unlike synthetically coated cookware, cast iron can be seasoned, re-seasoned, and its cooking surface restored. When you season a cast iron utensil, you are preventing rust and providing the cookware with a natural, permanent non-stick surface. Remember: Seasoning takes time and repeated use before a pan develops the shiny, black surface like your grandmother’s cast iron cookware. A black, shiny skillet is a well-seasoned skillet.

*And Remember that Seasoning is an on-going process. The more you use your Cauldron or any other cast iron, the better seasoned it gets. That’s why witches have extremely wonderfully shiny black Cauldrons, "They Just Keep Looking Better".

by; Lady Abigail
High Priestess of Ravensgrove Coven
In the Greenfield Indiana area




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