The Beauty of Cooking with Cast Iron
Cast iron, as you know, is the world’s best cooking medium. From cast iron skillets to large Dutch ovens, cast iron provides even radiant heat cooking foods to perfection. Now make an entire range using this wonderful cast iron and you have the AGA. The AGA cast iron range has solid cast iron ovens as well as cast iron hotplates. Despite what many think, cast iron use & care tips are quite simplistic.
Lack of care, or improper care, of cast iron will lead to rust – especially the new generation AGA cast iron ranges, such as the AGA Total Control or AGA Dual Control. When the range is purchased, and cooked upon often, when rust appears we fail to reflect back that each oven and hotplate is solid cast iron. Just like any true cast iron skillet or Dutch oven, the AGA needs to be cared for and maintained.
Moisture will naturally be trapped when cooking in an AGA – as we say, the AGA keeps the moisture in the foods – well, excessive moisture may stay within the AGA after cooking high-moisture content foods. When an AGA Total Control or Dual Control is turned off, if excessive moisture is left in the oven, essentially, on the cast iron, it will rust. A cast iron skillet would rust just the same if water was left in or on the skillet.
Cast Iron Use & Care Tips
Some tips to prevent an AGA Total Control or AGA Dual Control from rusting after use:
- When turning off, be sure to wipe out excess moisture with a dry cloth once the oven has cooled.
- In areas with excessive moisture, usually near the doors, be sure to wipe down after use.
- When cleaning the AGA with your wire brush, be sure to remove any excess food particulars, or carbon ash, then lightly coat the cast iron with Coconut, or Grapeseed, oil.
- In areas where rust may begin to appear, feel free to wire brush off residue then coat with a small amount of Coconut, or Grapeseed, oil.
- After cooking, instead of turning the AGA off right away, leave it on for an hour or two longer to help “dry” the ovens; however, wiping away excess moisture near the doors will still prove helpful.
Additional cast iron use & care tips: When using oil on the Boiling Plate and the Roasting oven, do not use any other oil than Grapeseed oil, as it has one of the lowest smoke points having a heat index of 485°F.
The reason the traditional cooker didn’t show as much rust as the new generation is because the traditional AGA cookers were on all the time. Over time, any excess moisture would dry or evaporate, preventing the cast iron from staying in contact with moisture for any long period of time. The new generation, although much better suited for today’s consumer, will require the removal of excessive moisture after turning off – or customers may choose to leave their AGA on for longer, extended periods of time.
For more cast iron use & care tips, visit our Cleaning A Cast Iron Range blog.