With the right gear and know-how, the outdoor cooking opportunities are many. A good cast iron frying pan and a sturdy dutch oven will get you far. However, it is always recommended that you take time to get to know your campfire tools and appliances before starting your outdoor cooking endeavor.
Before first use, wash your new cookware in hot water with a mild soap or dish detergent. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately using a soft cloth or tea towel. Seasoning and preparing cast iron cookware Seasoning is the process when vegetable oil is baked onto the cast iron at a high temperature. Seasoning cast iron with vegetable oil creates a natural non-stick finish.
Seasoning and preparing cast iron cookware:
- Wash your cast iron with hot soapy water and a stiff brush.
- Rinse and dry thoroughly before coating the inside with unsalted fat or vegetable oil. Don’t use too much or it will be too greasy.
Seasoning process over open fire:
Let it stand over a low flame for two to three hours, evenly rubbing on more fat at intervals of 20 to 25 minutes.
Seasoning process in oven:
Cover the bottom rack of your oven with aluminium foil (not directly on the bottom). Pre-heat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Place the cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven to prevent pooling. Bake the cookware for at least one hour. After an hour turn off the oven and leave the cast iron to cool in the oven.