WHY IS MY SKILLET GREY AND NOT BLACK?
Your Ironclad Pan comes straight from our foundry, as raw, untreated high quality grade iron. The iron will be a lighter grey prior to you pre-seasoning it. You might even get a grey residue from the surface until you have pre-seasoned it.
WHY DOES IT NOT COME PRE-SEASONED?
We wanted to give you the opportunity to choose how to flavour your skillet from the very beginning. This Ironclad Pan is completely unique to you. We recommend using the supplied Grapeseed Oil for the initial pre-season, but it is up to you if you want to go with a different flavour oil or fat. As long as it has a high smoke point and is food quality grade!
WHY IS MY SKILLET BROWN AFTER PRE-SEASONING AND NOT BLACK?
Newly seasoned cast iron may have a brownish tint to it. It’s not rust, it’s just the initial patina baking in. It can take a few coats of seasoning and some use to get a black finish. Don’t worry about the brownish colour - go right ahead and use the pan. We recommend starting with caramelising onions. Eventually it will go black with use.
WHY IS MY PAN STICKY AFTER SEASONING?
If your pan is sticky it means you either haven’t cooked it for long enough or you’ve used too much oil. Or both. You can remedy this by repeating the seasoning and using less oil, (making sure to wipe off the residue after the first 10 minute warm up) and/or baking it for longer.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SKILLET RUSTS?
Uh oh. You left it to drip dry? It’s easy to scrub off the rust and reseason the pan. You just need to go back to the initial pre-seasoning instructions that came with your Ironclad Pan, and start again. They are also outlined under USE & CARE.
WILL MY SKILLET WORK ON MY INDUCTION STOVE TOP?
Yes! It will work on any cooking surface; BBQ, open fire, induction, gas or electric solid plate or radiant ring, vitro-ceramic glass, in the oven - whether fired by gas, oil, coal or wood. The thicker base is designed to ensure an even heat distribution across the entire surface, which also means it retains heat for longer. The only place your cast iron doesn’t want to go is the microwave or dishwasher.