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How to Season a Wok

Iron woks need proper care before and after use. Today we will explain how to do it.

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Steps for seasoning a wok

Woks are usually coated with varnish on delivery to prevent rust, which needs removing by burning before first use. This procedure is called “empty burning”.

1. Heat empty wok

Heat an empty wok until it turns gray entirely.

Move the wok while heating so that the heat conducts evenly. When the varnish starts to burn, you can see it clearly that the surface color is changing. Continue until the wok turns gray entirely. In the meantime, cover your hand with cloth not to get burnt.

2. Heat ladle

Likewise, heat a ladle until it turns gray entirely.

Likewise, heat a ladle until it turns gray entirely. In the meantime, cover your hand with cloth not to get burnt.

3. Let cool

Once the wok turns gray with varnish burned off, let it cool.

Once the wok turns gray with varnish burned off, let it cool down. When it gets cool enough, wash it to remove dirt on the surface.

4. Wash in hot water

Use a Japanese Tawashi brush for washing because metal scourers may scratch the surface and cause rust.

Finally, wash the wok in hot water. This is because sprinkling cold water over wok and ladle while they are still hot may cause deformation or you get burnt. Use a Japanese Tawashi brush for washing because metal scourers may scratch the surface and cause rust.

Before first use, “oil coating” is needed.

Before first use, “oil coating” is needed.

Before first use, “oil coating” is needed. This prevents food sticking as well as rust. For oil coating, put sufficient oil and stir-fry vegetable scraps. Then, remove the vegetables and oil to wash the wok in hot water.

Daily care after use

After cooking, wash the wok with a Tawashi brush and re-heat to vaporize remaining water.

After cooking, wash the wok with a Tawashi brush and re-heat to vaporize remaining water. Rub with a metal scourer only if the burned food sticks to the surface of wok.

Storage of wok

For storage, vaporize remaining water and apply a thin layer of oil to the surface.

For storage, vaporize remaining water and apply a thin layer of oil to the surface. This prevents rust. Vegetable oil or olive oil would be good as they have less smell. Remember to let the wok cool enough before applying oil and be careful not to get burnt.

Rust removal

When there is rust, remove it with fine-particle waterproof sandpaper.

When there is rust, remove it with fine-particle waterproof sandpaper. Then perform empty burning again. This can work again and again so that you can keep using the wok.

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