Cast iron pans are beloved for their durability and nonstick surface when properly seasoned. But before you can enjoy your cast iron pan, you need to know how to store one safely.
Where to store cast iron pans?
The answer depends on your kitchen and how much space you have. Some folks stack them on a shelf or hang them from pegs. Others line up their trusty pans on top of the stove.
You can’t just toss your cast iron pan into your kitchen cupboard like you would a metal pot or frying pan. Unlike those pans, cast iron can rust, and it’s susceptible to damage from heat and moisture.
The key to proper storage is to keep your pan dry and warm, which might sound counter-intuitive if you’ve ever been told that you should never wash your iron cookware with soap or water. But it’s true; in order to prevent rusting and other damage, cast iron needs to be kept dry and warm.
Here are some tips on how to store your cast iron pans:
- Always dry thoroughly after washing.
- Never store wet or damp.
- Avoid storing with the lid on, as this can trap moisture inside.
- Store uncovered in a dry place away from heat sources like the oven or stovetop.
- Do not store in cabinets or draws. Cast iron should NOT be stored in a cabinet or drawer. Storing the pan in such a way will cause moisture to build up between the pan and its lid, or in the corners of a drawer. This can cause rust to form on your beloved pan!
- If you have one, use a pot rack. If you have pots already, you likely have a pot rack hanging from your ceiling. Use this rack for all of your cast iron, too!
- If the pan is large enough, hang it on its own hook. Otherwise, stack two pans together. Just make sure not to stack too many pans together as this could cause them to scratch off their seasoning.
- Store uncovered on shelves. You can also store your pans on shelves if you do not have a pot rack available. Again, do not cover them with towels or other materials that can trap moisture between the covering and the pan itself. You want air to circulate around them so they don’t get rusty!
- Store hanging on wall hooks
Cast iron pans usage advices
Cast iron pans are a bit of a novelty in the Western world because they are very inexpensive and durable. However, there are some things that you need to know about cast iron pans before you start using them.
First, it is important to make sure that you do not put your cast iron pan in the dishwasher. The reason for this is because it will cause the pan to rust. If you want to get rid of any rust on your cast iron pan, all you need to do is season it again by rubbing oil on the pan and then heating it up in the oven for an hour or so.
Secondly, it is important to note that when you are cooking with your cast iron pan, you will want to make sure that you use the right type of oil so that your food does not stick. If your food does stick, then the best thing that you can do is just throw away the food that has been sticking and then clean out your cast iron pan by putting a little bit of soap on it and washing it off thoroughly with hot water.
Thirdly, when storing cast iron pans, you will want to make sure that they are stored properly so that they do not get damaged. You can store them in a cool place like a pantry or
Store in a dry place that isn’t too humid. Storing cast iron in an area that is humid can cause rusting; so avoid storing your pans above dishwashers.
Where should I store my cast iron pan?
Your cast iron pan should be stored in a dry, non-humid part of your kitchen. Be sure to avoid stashing it in high-moisture spaces, such as a humid basement or garage. After my years of cooking and kitchen organization experience, I recommend hanging your cast iron pan or placing it on a pan organizer for optimal air circulation. This helps to avoid moisture accumulation, which is a key cause of rusting. By doing this, you can maintain the durability and quality of your cast iron pan, thereby extending its lifespan.
How do you keep cast iron from rusting in storage?
The secret to protecting your cast iron from rusting is ensuring it’s totally dry before storage. I ensure my own cast iron pans avoid rust by letting them sit above low heat for a few minutes after washing, or by leaving them in a warm oven after cooking dinner. Heat effectively eliminates any residual moisture, which is a common culprit for rust in cast iron items. 100% dryness is your best defense against rust. In line with this, it’s crucial to consistently avoid storing your cast iron in places prone to moisture, such as a humid basement, damp garage, or – at its worst – outdoors.
Can cast iron be stored in garage?
While it may seem like a viable option, I’d strongly advise against storing a cast iron pan in your garage. From my personal experience and professional knowledge, garages often present a damp environment that may invite rusting of your precious cast iron pans. Instead, your kitchen is the most suitable venue for storing these items, as it gives you control over the dryness and humidity levels, therefore averting possible moisture that could damage the pan.
How do you store a skillet pan?
Storing a skillet pan, especially a cast iron one, requires careful handling. To start, ensure the pan is entirely cleaned and dried to prevent rust buildup. You can follow my technique above to dry it out before storage – it’s foolproof! Once you’ve achieved total dryness, locate a non-humid area in your kitchen for storage. Placing a barrier between the pan and any other pans in storage is also advisable to prevent moisture buildup and promote air circulation. I personally use a pan organizer to achieve this, and I couldn’t recommend it more!