Cast iron material is thicker than stainless steel and has many advantages when used in the kitchen. It can withstand high temperatures and keep them constant; if you have cast iron at home, it is important to know how to properly care for it.
If you have recently received your new or used cast iron tortilla press, you should clean it first. It is recommended to clean cast iron with a nylon scrub brush. There is a myth that soap should not be used to wash cast iron. This is not true, you can use it in small amounts. Also be careful not to use too much water for cleaning.
If something sticks to the surface, you can use a pan scraper and carefully remove all the residue. Just pour some hot water on the surface, let it sit for 1 minute and then remove the residue, it will come off easily. Always remember to dry the press after cleaning and coat with oil cooking spray after washing to protect the surface.
Tips for "Pre-Seasoning
Cast iron should be treated on a regular basis. This will help restore the shine and also protect against rust. Your tortilla press will also need to be treated from time to time if you want it to stay nice and last longer. The process is very simple; basically, you just need to scrub the press well in hot soapy water. Then dry it thoroughly and spread a thin layer of vegetable oil on the surface. Put it in the oven heated to 190 degrees and wait for 1 hour. For this procedure, it is better to use vegetable oil or melted frying fat, or you can use an inlet spray. Repeat the process each time you notice that the tortilla press becomes rusty, dull or stained.
Always dry your tortilla press before storing it. The cabinet for storage should also be dry, so don't store it under the sink. If you have a cast iron tortilla press, place a paper towel between the two plates, this can help prevent scratches on the surface. You can also coat the cast iron surface with cooking spray before storing to protect it from air and water. Don't stack heavy cast iron utensils as this can also scratch the surface, so plan properly for space in your cabinets.
Cast iron can look like new even after years and last a very long time if you take care of it properly. That is why it is important to remember these simple tips.