Use and Care
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF LAVA COOKING WORLDWIDE!
If you purchased Lava Signature Enameled Cast Iron Cookware your beautiful pot or pan has been lovingly sand-cast with the world’s finest molten iron in individual sand molds. Each piece is hand finished and then layered with three coats of the highest quality enamel and fired not once, but twice in Lava’s high technology furnaces to chemically bond the enamel coatings with the cast iron creating a durable high gloss finish that with proper use and care will last and remain beautiful for generations. Only the finest cookware in the world is made this way.
If you purchased Lava ECO Series Enameled Cast Iron cookware your cookware has also been lovingly sand-cast with the world’s finest molten iron in individual sand molds. Each ECO series piece is layered with a single special coat of the highest quality matte enamel and then fired in Lava’s high technology furnaces to chemically bond our unique ECO matte coating with the cast iron. This process creates an extremely durable matte finish that with time and use improves its cooking performance. With proper use and care, Lava ECO series cookware will last for generations without the need for re-seasoning. Below is a video on how to season your grill pan and pot for the first time.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Lava Cookware Enamelled Cast Iron Cookware is suitable for use on all types of stove top cooking surfaces and in the oven or your outdoor grill. When using cast iron on glass or ceramic cooking surfaces, do not slide the cookware on the surface — always lift to move. Lava Cast Iron Cookware distributes heat evenly and efficiently.
USE LOW TO MEDIUM BURNER HEAT ONLY. NEVER OVERHEAT YOUR LAVA COOKWARE. CAST IRON HEATS MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN OTHER COOKWARE MATERIALS. THE ENAMELLED COOKING SURFACE CAN BE DAMAGED WITH EXCESSIVE HEATING. EXCESSIVE HEATING AND SHOCK COOLING ARE NOT COVERED BY YOUR LAVA LIMITED WARRANTY.
GENERAL COOKING GUIDELINES
SAFETY FIRST! - HAND PROTECTION - HOT POT HANDLING
Lava Enameled Cast Iron Cookware will transfer heat evenly throughout the vessel, including any handles or lids. ALWAYS USE HAND PROTECTION SUCH AS A POTHOLDER OR INSULATED GLOVE WHEN HANDLING CAST IRON COOKWARE. ALWAYS ASSUME YOUR POT IS HOT! Lava Cookware performs extremely well with only Low to Medium heat settings. However, Low to Medium heat settings still generate significant internal AND external heat in cast iron pots and pans. Further, cast Iron pots and pans will hold their heat long after the heat has been turned off. Always take care when working near or moving cast iron cookware. Assume any cast iron pot is hot and protect yourself accordingly. NEVER LEAVE A HOT POT UNATTENDED AROUND CHILDREN OR THE ELDERLY.
STOVE TOP COOKING
Use low to medium heat when cooking. For best results, preheat your Lava cookware on Medium heat for a minimum of 2-5 minutes prior to cooking food. This will contribute to a more consistent temperature during the cooking cycle. It is important to use the cookware on a burner of corresponding size (same diameter or slightly smaller) and at no time should a gas flame be allowed to extend up the sides of the cookware as this may cause overheating and staining of the finish. It may also cause the handles to absorb heat from the excess flame creating a dangerous burn risk.
To avoid spillage and the risk of boiling over, Lava cookware should not be filled to more than 2/3 capacity. As soon as the boiling point is reached, the temperature should be lowered to achieve desired recipe results. When frying with oil never fill your Lava pot more than 1/3 full to prevent spattering.
When using Griddles, pre-heat pan on Low to Medium-Low settings only. Test griddle surface with a drop of batter first and if air bubbles appear after 5 and before first 15 seconds, then pan is ready to use. Pancakes and Crepes will require a trial and error process as stove tops, burner size and heat output vary greatly. Test multiple settings and find the ones that work best for your individual situation. Bon Appétit!
NEVER use enameled cast iron cookware on HIGH heat settings. You may damage your pot and it’s finish.
GRILLING, SEARING AND OVEN FINISHING
When grilling or searing and oven finishing, never overheat your grill or fry pan before placing food inside the pan/pot. Excessive preheating may “smoke” the cooking oils or flash-burn your meats or vegetables and may also damage your enameled finish. Preheat pan slowly (5-15 minutes) with no more than Medium heat and then sear meat as desired. Cast iron cookware on Medium heat will take time to heat but will become very hot. Move meats to unused areas of pan to assure perfect char marks when searing opposite sides. Significant heat will accumulate in your Lava pan or pot with Medium heating and should leave perfect char or sear marks/patinas on meats and vegetables when grilling or searing. Move pan or pot to pre-heated oven when ready and finish as desired. Your Lava Signature or ECO cookware is temperature rated up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures may damage your pan.
When using Lava enameled cast iron cookware in your Oven, note that ALL Lava enameled cookware is oven safe to 500° F. Pre-heat oven to desired temperature and cook as desired. For Oven broiling, oven temperatures should never exceed 500° F.
OUTDOOR GRILL COOKING
When using Lava Cookware on your Outdoor Grill limit the grill temperature to 500° F. Avoid letting flames lap up the sides of your pan if possible. Using Lava grill/fry pans to cook vegetables, fish on your outdoor grill helps prevent flare ups, yet still leaves perfect char marks. Start with Medium heat settings only and experiment to find the perfect burner settings and pan positioning. Works with most gas, charcoal, wood fired and infrared grills.
DIRECTIONS FOR CARE
Lava Cookware’s Signature and Eco Series Enameled Cast Iron Cookware are completely dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended for best results. Before using for the first time, remove any paper labels, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly. Regardless of whether your Lava cookware has a high-gloss enamel interior or a matte black enamel interior, seasoning is never required and there is no “break-in” heating required. Lava Cookware is ready to use immediately.
CLEANING AND COOLING
Never clean a hot cast iron pot. Never shock cool a cast iron pot or pan. Cast iron is an incredibly durable material, but like most metals it can warp or deform if flash cooled. Always let your Lava cookware cool completely before cleaning or adding water. Never add cold water to a hot cast iron pot. You can damage the enamel finish if you flash cool an enameled cast iron vessel as the iron expands and contracts under heating and cooling at a different rate than the enamel surface. Cracking and chipping of your enamel surface from flash cooling may occur and is not covered by your Lava warranty. You Lava pot is detergent safe and may be cleaned with any normal dishwashing detergent unlike pre-seasoned cast iron. Dishwasher detergent may over time dull the glossy finish but will not affect the cooking performance. Do NOT use kitchen scouring powders/cleansers or steel wool or other abrasive cleaning techniques or you will harm the enamel finish. You can use simple plastic scrubbers or pot pads to clean tough stains or baked on foods. In most cases, your Lava cookware will come completely clean via hand washing or via your dishwasher’s Normal cleaning cycle. Never attempt to clean your cast iron cookware in your oven utilizing your oven’s auto-cleaning mode. The temperatures used in this process typically exceed the allowable temperatures for Lava enameled cookware and may damage it. Overheating Lava cookware will void your warranty and any damage caused will not be covered.
LAVA COOKWARE GETS BETTER WITH USE
Over time, both flat black matte finished and glossy finished enamel cooking surfaces may acquire a slight brownish patina with use and age. This patina is completely natural and is the result of chemicals in food bonding with the enamel finish under hot conditions. This patina is perfectly normal and actually is desired. Your patina may take years to develop as it is the result of chemicals in food bonding with the enamel coating in the very tiny gaps in the enamel finish during the cooking process. Over time this patina contributes to better non-stick performance and improves overall cooking performance. In short, the more you use your Lava Cookware the better it gets.
After cleaning, always dry your Lava cookware carefully and store in a cool dry environment. Never store when wet. Do not drop or bang your Lava Cookware on or into hard surfaces. You may chip or crack your enamel coating. Damage from misuse or poor care is not covered by your Lava warranty. You can place your freshly washed Lava cookware in a warm oven for a few minutes to evaporate any remaining moisture from the pots surface. Allow pan to cool uncovered to prevent condensation inside lid or pot before storing. Displaying your Lava cookware in the open is always an option. Lava’s beautiful finishes last for years and its elegant design and beautiful colours add to any kitchens charisma.