Product care

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Cast & spun iron product care: 


Re-season the cooking surface of your spun iron pans, woks, sauce pans, steak and bacon presses on the stove/top hob using this quick method. CLICK & WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW

Important: Do not use induction hobs for this method of seasoning. 

THE OVEN METHOD, THIS GIVES A NEAR "FACTORY" FINISH INSIDE AND OUT                                                                                                             

Learn how to re-season your pan or cast-iron bowl and lid in the oven. Keep it easy clean , black and beautiful. CLICK & WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW

Use this method for a perfect finish inside and out on cast iron bowls and lids, spun iron pans, sauce pans, spun lids, griddle / bake plates, iron bakeware and peels and griddle plates
Important: All wooden handle must be removed before re-seasoning.  Do not use this method for re-seasoning spun iron woks or steak and bacon presses.

Easy Clean Coating : Find out more about our natural flax oil and how to use, clean and re-season cast and spun iron bowls, lids and pans.

At Netherton Foundry, we prefer to use a natural alternative to PTFE non stick coatings. 

We know that PTFE does wear out and can be damaged.
Perhaps the major down side is that once damaged these coatings are virtually impossible for the owner to restore. Enamel coating are great, hard wearing and very attractive.
However, we have rediscovered and refined the process of "pre-seasoning"  iron cookware.
You may be surprised to find out that pre-seasoning is very well known to households all over North America. Essentially it's the same process that is used in China to protect carbon steel woks.
Like all good ideas, it's very simple and we use flax oil from Flax Farm, West Sussex,  where the flax is grown, harvested, processed and bottled. We have found it provides a superior, very hard finish. It is non greasy, has a lovely patina and, when properly cared for, is corrosion resistant.       

Using pre-seasoned cast and spun iron bowls, lids and pans for the first time.

You can use the cast iron bowls, lids and pans straight from the box.
Simply wash in hot water. 
Do not use soap or detergent. 
Immediately dry with a towel.
For best results we recommend that you give the bowl, lid or pan an extra coating before first use.
You can do this by following the instructions below Re-seasoning at home.
The more you use the cast or spun iron and carefully follow the care instructions, the better the seasoned coating will become.

Re-seasoning at home.

Important, if the bowl, lid or pan has any rust spots simply remove these with fine sand paper or steel wool.
Always wash in very hot soapy water, you may need to scrub with a scouring pad or stiff brush.
REMEMBER to unscrew and remove any wooden knobs or handles before placing the cast or spun iron in the oven.
Cover all surfaces of the bowl, lid or pan with a very thin coating of Netherton Foundry Flax Oil using a cotton cloth. 
A thin coating gives the best results, wipe again with a cotton cloth after coating.
Leave no runs or pools of oil, just leave an oily layer on the surface of the metal.
Place bowl, lid or pan on a rack in oven.
It's good idea to place a baking tray under the rack to catch any dripping oil.
Slowly heat the oven to MAX (approximately 250ºC/400ºF or Gas Mark 9/10).
Once the oven is up to temperature, maintain the temperature for 40 to 60 mins.
Then switch off the oven, allow the bowl, lid or pan to cool slowly and store in an airy dry place.
Once the bowl is properly pre-seasoned you are ready to use again.
Don't coat the bowl, lid or pan with raw oil as this softens the coating.

Which oil should I use to re-season?

We recommend for the very best results you use flax oil (edible linseed oil). 
Olive and thin nut oils are not very effective.
We don't recommend oils with "trans fats"
Do not use boiled linseed oil, this is not edible and is for thinning paints and putting on cricket bats!
We use and sell edible flax oil grown and pressed by our friends at Flax Farm, West Sussex.
You can buy Netherton Foundry flax oil here.

Cooking with the cast or spun iron every day.

Wash cast or spun iron in hot water. Do not use soap or detergent. Immediately dry with a towel.
If you have time, pre-heat the cast or spun iron as this will reduce food sticking
Try to avoid cooking food that is very cold as this is more likely to stick.
Remember a hot cast or spun iron will retain heat for a long time.
Always pick up cast or spun iron by wooden handles if fitted or using oven gloves.

Acidic Foods.

Additional care is required when you cook recipes containing acidic foods
(eg: tomatoes, citrus juices and recipes containing vinegar or wine).
We suggest that you re-season the bowl, lid or pan before using these foods.
The high acidity of these foods may create superficial rust if they have insufficient seasoned coatings.
Don’t worry if you see any rust appearing after cooking one of these recipes,
please follow the instructions for re-seasoning your product and it will soon be back to as good as new condition.

Cleaning pre-seasoned cast iron and spun iron.

Never clean the cast or spun iron bowl, lid or pan in a dish washer.
Don't place, when hot into very cold water.
This might cause it to crack or warp. 
After use, clean the bowl with a stiff plastic brush and hot water.
We suggest that you do not use soap, and definitely do not use detergents.
If you find that some food has stuck, try boiling some water in the bowl or pan to soften it.  
Immediately dry with a towel.
Never allow the bowl, lid or pan to stand and air-dry as this will encourage rusting.

Storing the cast iron bowl & lid.

Store the bowl and lid in a dry airy place.
Don't store with the lid on, as this can trap moisture and encourage rust.
Your oven is a great place to store your bowl and lid, just remember to remove it before turning on the oven.

When does the cast or spun iron need re-seasoning?

If your bowl, lid or pan is used and cleaned following the instructions above, re-seasoning will not be required very often. 
They will need re-seasoning when:
* Food starts to stick to it.
* There are any areas of grey metal showing,
* It has been placed in dish washer / washed in detergent.
* The cast or spun iron has not been dried and spots of rust have appeared.
* It has a metallic taste or smell.  

Netherton Foundry re-seasoning.

If you don't have the time, or would just like a factory fresh looking bowl,
go back to the home page and click on the picture Flax oil and spares pare parts
and scroll down to Return your bowl for a Re-Seasoned Flax Oil Finish
You will find instructions of how to return your bowl to us. 
“Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel,
they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘King Henry V’

Netherton Clocks FAQ's and product care.

1. How long should the battery last?
About one year, but may be shorter if clock is used in a cool location.
2. Which battery type should I use?
We only recommend using Alkaline AA batteries. Do not use Lithium or Zinc.
3. The clock has stopped working but the battery is new
Check the hands of the clock are not bent or rubbing against each other.
Remove the clock from wall.
Using the dial on clock mechanism at the back of the clock,
move the hands forward (clockwise only) until all the clock hands are in the 12 o'clock position.
Place the clock down on a flat surface.
Look at the hands from the side and check that none of the hands are touching each other.
Check both the long ends and the short ends of the hands.
If they are touching, gently bend the hands away from each other.
4. If the hands are very bent, 
They can simply be removed by pulling each one off the drive stem of the clock mechanism in turn.
Start with the second hand (if fitted), then the minute hand and finally the hour hand.
Straighten the hands and replace them in the reverse order.
5. Hand hangs loosely down in 6 o'clock position
The hand has become detached from the mechanism.
Remove each hand in turn, starting with the second hand (if fitted), until you get to the detached hand. 
Simply grip the hand at the point where it joins the mechanism
and push it back on to the drive stem of the mechanism.
 These clocks hands are bent and the clock             The clock hands should look like this:        
 will not work until the hands are straightened.


revised NAC 13/5/17

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