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Frequently Asked Questions

What is seasoning for cast iron cookware?

Seasoning occurs when oil on cast iron is heated above smoking point. The oil cooks onto the surface to create a non-toxic non-stick layer.

Why does cast iron cookware need to be seasoned?

Cast iron is not non-stick until it is seasoned. It has a porous surface that requires seasoning - a simple process that involves oiling and baking to create a non-toxic non-stick surface. The surface also becomes smoother with more seasoning.

Is seasoning cast iron difficult?

No, there are just four simple steps to season your cast iron cookware. Please visit our Caring For Cast Iron page for more information.

How long does it take to season cast iron cookware?

Not too long... Just a few minutes to wash and dry, an hour in the oven then an hour or two to let it cool.

Are Fresh Australian Kitchen cast iron cookware products pre-seasoned?

Yes, all of our cast iron cookware comes pre-seasoned and ready to use or to cook with straight away.

Do I have to season my Fresh Australian Kitchen cast iron cookware products myself?

Not at first, no. All of our cast iron cookware comes pre-seasoned and ready to use or to cook with straight away. You only need to re-season it after multiple uses when its non-stick quality loses effectiveness or you notice any rust.

Why are there care instructions included if it is already pre-seasoned?

You need to re-season your cast iron cookware after multiple uses when its non-stick quality loses effectiveness or you notice any rust. If cast iron cookware isn't dried thoroughly after each use/ wash it can be susceptible to rust. It is also good to wipe down your cast iron with oil after washing and drying to lock out moisture/ air and lock-in its non-stick layer.

Does pre-seasoned mean I need to re-season?

Not at first, no. All of our cast iron cookware comes pre-seasoned and ready to use or to cook with straight away. You only need to re-season it after multiple uses when its non-stick quality loses effectiveness or you notice any rust.

How do I know when to re-season my cast iron cookware?

When its non-stick quality loses effectiveness or you notice any rust. 

Why should I choose cast iron cookware?

It offers a non-toxic non-stick cooking surface as opposed to pans that are coated with a chemical non-stick layer. It's tough and durable, and when looked after will last a lifetime. It's easier to look after than you think. It provides even heat distribution and unbeatable heat retention for even cooking. It can be used on any cooking surface - stove, oven and even camp fire.