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How to Care Iron Pots

Let us explain how to care an iron pot when you start using it and what to do if rust appears.

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Before Using Iron Pots

Let us describe the treatment of iron pots before using them, both for pots with and without enamel coating, respectively.

Not Enamel Coated Iron Pots

Heat an amount of cooking oil that covers the bottom of the iron pot and saute the scraps of vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.

To improve oil blending, get the pot used to the oil first. Firstly, rinse with water and remove excess stains, then heat to dry out the water.

Next, add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of the pot, heat it, and fry the scraps of vegetables for 2-3 minutes.

Turn off the heat, empty the contents, rinse the pot again, heat it up, and let it drain thoroughly.

Enamel Coated Iron Pots

Enamel coated iron pots should be wiped dry with a cloth after washing.

Enamel coated pots do not require oiling. Before using, thoroughly rinse the inside with water using a scourer to remove stains. After cleaning, do not put it on fire, but simply wipe it dry with a cloth.

How to Care Iron Pots after Use

Not Enamel Coated Iron Pots

Iron pans that are not enamel coated should be cleaned with water using a scourer.

Ideally, iron pots that are not enamel coated should be cleaned without using a mild detergent to avoid washing away the oil film on the surface of the pot. Use a scourer to remove stains by washing with water.

If the stain cannot be removed without the use of a neutral detergent etc., clean with detergent and then re-dress with oil.

After cleaning, place the pot on the fire to drain thoroughly.

Enamel Coated Iron Pots

Enamel coated iron pots should be handled gently and carefully, as the glassy material is easily scratched.

After using an enamel coated iron pot, wash it in water with a mild detergent and a sponge. Do not use a scourer or steel wool, etc., as they may cause scratches.

If rice or scorched rice gets stuck to the bottom of the pot, soak the pot in hot water and then scrub it off with a sponge. Enamel is vitreous and easily scratched, and strong impacts may cause cracks. Handle it gently and carefully.

If Rusted

If rusted, rust can be controlled by being saturated with oil again or cooking with oil, such as frying or deep frying.

If rusting has progressed, scrub the rusted area with a scourer and then saturate it with oil. However, if it scrubbed hard with a steel wool, it will scratch the surface, and further rust will easily occur in that area. Use natural scourer, brushes, or bamboo whisk.

To Use Iron Pots for a Long Time

If used and maintained properly, iron pots can last a lifetime. Iron pots are highly durable though rust is their worst enemy, so do not leave the water untreated and be careful not to scratch it to prevent rusting.

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