Before the first use please remove all packaging and labels. Wash the pan in hot, soapy water, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Your pan does not require any further preparation. It is now ready for use.
Hecha cast iron cookware can be used on all heat sources including gas, electric solid plate or radiant ring, vitro-ceramic glass, induction, and ovens fired by gas, oil, coal or wood. When using any glass-topped stove. Please lift the pan when moving it; never slide it, as this may damage the stovetop or the base of the pan. Long handles should be positioned safely, so that they do not hang over the front of the stove or other heat zones.
COOKING HEAT ADVICE
Low heat will provide the best results for cooking. Cast iron retains heat so efficiently that overheating will cause food to burn or stick. Allow the pan to heat gradually and thoroughly for even and efficient cooking results. Once the pan is hot, almost all cooking can be continued on lower settings.
OILS AND FATS
The enamel surface is not ideal for dry cooking. Your choice of liquid, oil, fat or butter should completely cover the base before heating begins. Do not leave the pan unattended, and do not allow a pan to boil dry, as this may permanently damage the enamel.
FOOD STORAGE AND MARINATION
The vitreous enamel surface is impermeable and therefore ideal for raw or cooked food storage, and for marinating with acidic ingredients such as wine.
TOOLS FOR USE
Wooden, silicone or heat-resistant plastic tools are recommended. Metal tools, spoons are not recommended. Hand-held electric or battery-operated beaters should not be used. Their blades will damage the enamel. Knives or utensils with sharp edges should not be used to cut foods inside a pan.
Always use a dry thick cloth or oven mitts when lifting.
Always place a hot pan on a wooden board, never on an unprotected surface.
Hecha cast iron are heat-resistant up to 375°F. Do not place any cookware on the floors of ovens with cast iron linings. For best results always place on a shelf or rack.
COOKING TIPS FOR GRILLING
For correct grilling and searing, it is important that the cooking surface is sufficiently hot before cooking begins. Sear lines from ribbed grills will not be produced if the pan surface is too cold or if the food is too wet. Place the empty pan on medium heat and allow it to heat for several minutes. Do not add oil to the cold pan—the oil may become too hot and will start smoking.
Any food for grilling or searing must be quite dry before it is placed on the hot surface. Foods that have been marinated should also have excess moisture removed with paper towels.
CLEANING AND CARE
Always cool a hot pan & Dutch oven for a few minutes before washing. If there are food residues, fill the pan with warm water and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes before washing. Do not plunge a hot pan into cold water. Do not use scourers or abrasive cleaners on the cooking surface. To avoid damaging the enamel, do not use metallic pads or harsh abrasive cleaning agents. We recommend taking a clean, dry rag to the pan before you put it away for storage. Hecha enameled cast iron is extremely durable but it may be damaged if accidentally dropped or knocked against a hard surface. Please note that this is not covered by our warranty.
All Hecha cast iron can be washed in the dishwasher. However, constant dishwashing may lead to some dulling of the enamel finish. This is not harmful and will not impair performance. When using the dishwasher always allow the cycle to finish before opening the door. This will ensure the pans are dried thoroughly. Pans with wooden handles are not dishwasher-safe.
Each piece from our extensive range of high-quality cookware is designed for versatility and ease of use. Please read our care and use guidelines before using your cookware for the first time.