Thank you for supporting Solidteknics! Your support enables our ongoing development of world-class cookware innovations, manufactured right here in Australia. If you're new to Solidteknics, we encourage you to take the time to read the below, prior to use. This will help you get the best out of your cookware, from your first cook! The most common is expecting your new wrought iron pan to 'not stick' like a synthetic coated non-stick pan. Building seasoning does take time, wrought iron pans get better with age and use (though our new Quenched finish has helped shortcut the initial seasoning steps).
The key to non-stick in iron pans is good fat and heat management.
All AUS-ION™ pans come seasoned with our new Quenched™ finish. This is a strong, resilient seasoning foundation, so you can start cooking straight away! To fast track your non-stick surface, you may choose to do some quick stove top seasoning, though this is optional. Check out our how-to stove top season video below.
Our pans are highly conductive! In most cases, medium will be your new high. We recommend starting with a lower temperature before turning up the heat. With induction, you’ll rarely need to go above medium heat and avoid using the boost setting.
Though our pans can handle the heat, if you need a searing steak or crispy skin, once your pan is warm, turn up the heat to achieve your desired finish.
Remember: Quenched™ is real, natural seasoning. It is not a synthetic coating. It will change and develop as you cook! Like all natural, seasoned iron pans, acidic foods can strip the seasoning. But don't worry, it's always an easy fix! Just follow our stovetop seasoning instructions in the link below to build your seasoning back up quickly, and keep cooking.
The key to a non-stick, easy release surface is good heat and fat management! With these centuries-old tried and true methods, you'll be cooking like a pro in no time. Just like our ancestors did, long before the introduction of synthetic-coated, disposable non-stick cookware!
For seasoning instructions see below.
Seasoning is simply layers of oil that is baked onto the pan, through a process called polymerisation. Over time, this builds to form a natural, non-toxic, easy-release cooking surface that continues to get better with use. This ‘build-your-own’ seasoning is the only way to achieve a natural, non-toxic, non-stick surface. A well-seasoned pan will be dark in colour, though often patchy in reality. It's not about how they look, what's important is how they cook!
Remember, a well-seasoned pan is often patchy in reality. It's all about performance! Seasoning is forever renewable. If you get 'stuck', our Seasoning FAQs will help get you back on track.
Some additional quick stovetop seasoning can help to fast track your superior non stick surface; especially great for cooks who prefer to use little fats/oils. The beauty of seasoned iron is that it's forever renewable. Stovetop seasoning can also be great for maintenance at any time through your pan's life, when it needs a touch-up.
1. Heat pan slowly, gradually increasing the temperature to get your pan hot (AUS-ION is highly conductive so you won't need a high stovetop heat). Drop-in a teaspoon of rice bran oil or your choice of cooking/fat oil with a high smoke point, and wipe the inside surfaces with a paper towel (use tongs for safety).
2. Continuously wipe the oil around the pan until the pan starts to smoke. Once smoking, continue to wipe for 20 seconds. The oil should be a very thin polish - no pools or lumps.
3. Remove from heat and cool for at least 1 minute.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for 10-15 minutes, over two or more sessions, until the base is black, slick and oil repellent, or until you are satisfied with the pan’s non-stick performance.
5. Start cooking! Cook with plenty of fats/oils to begin with and lower your heat. You'll soon find your cooking groove on your new forever pan!
A well-seasoned pan will often patchy in reality. Seasoning will change overtime, and will continue to get better the more you cook. Looks aren’t important - our pans are built for performance!
If you get 'stuck' (so to speak), and still haven't found what you’re looking for, please email us for one-on-one help from our awesome Solid service team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember: Seasoned iron is forever renewable. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
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