Potjie Oil 250ml
Planki Potjie Oil is recommended for deep treatment, creating longer lifespan, a beautiful sheen, and prevent rust. Planki Potjie Oil is specially designed to not go rancid in your potjie pot or cast iron pans
Potjie Oil is the best product to use to take care of your cast iron pots and pans. Preventing rust and giving them a longer lifespan.
Cast iron pans need a little different care than other pans. Therefore, because cast iron is so beloved (and has such a long history), there are a few myths about cast iron care you need to steer clear of.
Here’s the absolutely beginners guide to cast iron care — including cleaning and storage, troubleshooting, and what we think you should cook in it first.
Your First Cast Iron Cleaning
If you are just peeling the sticker off that new Lodge skillet or you found one at a thrift store — the very first thing you should do is wash the skillet. This washing will be slightly different than daily upkeep because we’re going to suggest hot, soapy water!
Maybe you’ve heard that you shouldn’t use soap on cast iron, but that’s not exactly true. When it comes to new and used skillets — a little soap and water is a good thing. This first wash removes factory residue or rust bits. Make sure you rinse and dry the pan well after this first washing. Thereafter, rub 1tsp of Planki Potjie Oil over the pan. You’ll likely only need to wash your skillet with soap once or twice a year if you take good care of it.
Season or Re-Season Your Cast Iron
The “season” on your cast iron skillet is what makes your cast iron skillet nonstick. Here’s the short and simple take: Cast iron “seasoning” is the process that occurs when multiple layers of oil bake into the skillet, creating a rust-resistant and nonstick surface. Many new skillets come with a factory seasoning on them, but if you bought yours used, chances are high that you’ll want to create a hardier seasoning by cleaning up the pan and re-seasoning it.
Storing Cast Iron
Where you store your cast iron is a lot less important than how you store your cast iron. First off — your cast iron should always be bone dry before you stack it or hang it. Rust is the enemy of your well-earned seasoning! Second, we love a single paper towel slipped into the skillet for storage — especially if you’re stacking it with other pots and pans. It wicks away any moisture and protects the pan’s surface.
Cast Iron Upkeep
Once you’ve washed, coated your pan with Planki Potjie Oil, and properly stored your cast iron, you’ll probably want to cook with it. More on that below, but it is helpful as a newbie to know how you’ll clean and maintain your skillet on a daily basis. For starters, it is easiest to clean your pan while it is still warm. Read on for what basic cleanup of a cast iron pan looks like.
Rinse with warm water and use a brush or scraper to remove stuck-on bits. If you used enough fat for cooking, you might not need more than a quick rinse with warm — but not soapy — water and a gentle scrub then a coating of Planki Potjie Oil. You can also use a gentle brush or plastic pan scraper to remove stuck-on food.
For really stuck-on food, scrub with salt and Planki Potjie Oil, rinse and wipe clean.
Dry the pan and coat with a thin layer of Planki Potjie Oil. Dry the cast iron with a paper towel and then place over low heat. Add a thin coat of more Planki Potjie Oil, but make sure the oil doesn’t pool anywhere — one teaspoon wiped across the entire cooking surface is just right for most pans.
Store until ready to use. Cool the pan and store until ready to cook again.
Quick Dos & Don’ts of Cooking in Cast Iron
Don’t be afraid of eggs, tomatoes, or fish in cast iron. Some of these recipes take practice, but don’t be afraid of trying them.
Do be mindful about what you first make in your skillet.
Do use gentle utensils like wood, silicone, and rubber. The occasional metal fish spatula or pancake turner is okay, but try to avoid lots of metal utensils in your pan – especially while building up the seasoning.
Don’t store food in cast iron. It is bad for the pan and bad for the food.
Do clean the pan right away. And avoid soaking it.
Thank you to Kitchn for their amazing guides to cast iron products