Cast iron is an old favorite of many campers and there is a good reason for it. It is known for being durable and is often passed from generation to generation. There are some rules for keeping it clean and rust free which we will share with you here. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy many delicious camping meals for many years in your trusty cast iron cookware.
It is advised to never use soap on your cast iron. The recommended method for cleaning is to pour hot water into the pan after you’ve used it and gently scrape the any food particles off the bottom (use a scratch resistant utensil). Rinse it well and wipe it dry with a paper towel.
Cast Iron can rust so it is important to re-season it after every use. Wipe the inside of your pan with a light coat of vegetable oil or shortening. This will seal the interior and keep moisture from forming rust.
Nesting your cast iron is a good way to keep it protected. You can place a liner of paper towel or waxed paper between pans to curtail scratches from one pan to the other.
If you take care of your cast iron it will last for many happy camping trips. There is nothing like waking up to a cast iron skillet filled with hashbrowns, bacon, and eggs, or enjoying a dinner of chicken and biscuits in a cast iron Dutch Oven. We hope you get the most out of your camping trips and the meals you cook in cast iron.