What is the wax layer on my new potjie pot?
The wax layer that is often found on a new pot, especially cookware made from cast iron or carbon steel, is a protective coating applied by manufacturers to prevent rust and corrosion during storage and shipping. This wax layer helps to keep the metal surface of the pot in pristine condition until it reaches the customer.
Before using the new pot for cooking, it's essential to remove the wax layer. To do this, you can follow these steps:
- Wash the pot with warm, soapy water to remove any dirt or debris from the manufacturing process.
- Gently scrub the surface of the pot with a non-abrasive sponge or brush to remove the wax coating. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the pot's surface.
- Rinse the pot thoroughly with water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.
- Once the wax is removed, it's essential to season the pot (in the case of cast iron or carbon steel cookware) to create a natural non-stick surface and enhance its cooking performance.
By properly removing the wax layer and seasoning the pot as needed, you can ensure your new cookware is ready for safe and effective cooking. Always check the manufacturer's instructions or guidelines for specific care and seasoning recommendations for your particular pot.