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Can you use cast iron on
a glass-top stove or glass hob?

Taste | 5 minute read |

Using cast iron cookware on ceramic-glass stoves and cooktops is perfectly safe, provided you set it down gently on the cooktop and always lift it when repositioning, rather than dragging it. Let's delve into our step-by-step guide to navigate this culinary challenge.

Step-by-step guide to use cast iron on glass-top stove safely

1. Ready your cast iron cookware

  • Inspect the bottom: Before you even think of placing your cast iron on the stove, inspect the bottom. Ensure it's free from any debris, rough edges, or burrs. A smooth surface is crucial to prevent any potential scratches on the glass.
  • Seasoning matters: A well-seasoned cast iron not only enhances your cooking but also provides a smoother surface, further reducing the risk of scratching.

Ready your cast iron cookware

Seasoning is necessary to protect the super non-stick powers of your cast-iron skillet

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2. Choose the right cooking temperatures

  • Start slow: Begin with a low heat setting and gradually increase it if necessary. Cast iron retains heat exceptionally well, so there's rarely a need for high temperatures.
  • Monitor continuously: Keep a close eye on your cooking. Since cast iron distributes heat evenly, it might require less cooking time than you're used to, especially on a glass-top stove.

Choose the right cooking temperatures

Make sure to start cooking with a low heat setting and gradually increase it if necessary

3. Handle with care

  • Lifting technique: Given the weight of cast iron, always use both hands when lifting or moving the skillet. This ensures you have full control, reducing the risk of accidental drops or hard placements.
  • Avoid sliding: It might seem obvious, but it's worth reiterating. Never slide your skillet. Always lift.

Handle with care

Handle your cast iron cookware with proper lifting technique and avoid sliding

4. Remove promptly after cooking

  • Cooling off: While it might be tempting to leave your skillet on the stove to cool down, it's best to remove it once you're done cooking. This not only protects the glass but also allows your skillet to cool down uniformly.
  • Use trivets: If you're concerned about where to place your hot skillet, consider using a trivet or a heat-resistant mat.

5. Clean immediately after use

  • For the skillet: Once you've finished cooking, let your skillet cool down a bit, then clean it using minimal soap and a soft brush. Remember to dry it thoroughly to prevent rust.
  • For the stove: Glass-top stoves can show stains and spills quite prominently. Use a soft cloth or a designated glass-top cleaner to ensure it remains spotless and shiny. Check out more tips on how to clean gas stove in our article.

Clean immediately after use

Clean your glass-top stove immediately after use

Tips to avoid scratches & stains when cooking with cast iron on glass surfaces

Here are some essential tips to ensure your cooking sessions leave no unwanted marks:

1. Use a heat diffuser

A heat diffuser acts as a protective barrier between the cast iron and the glass surface. It distributes the heat evenly, ensuring consistent cooking and reducing the direct contact of the skillet with the glass.

2. Regularly check the bottom of your cast iron

Over time, food particles and other debris can accumulate on the bottom of your skillet. Regularly checking and cleaning the base ensures a smooth contact surface, reducing the risk of scratches.

3. Avoid rapid temperature changes

Glass surfaces can be sensitive to sudden temperature changes. Avoid moving your cast iron skillet from a very hot burner to a cold surface or vice versa. Allow the skillet to cool down gradually to prevent thermal shock.

4. Opt for enamel-coated cast iron

If you're in the market for new cookware, consider enamel-coated cast iron. It offers the benefits of traditional cast iron but with a smoother surface that's gentler on glass cooktops.

5. Be mindful of spillages

Cast iron can retain heat for extended periods, which can cause spillage to burn onto the glass surface. If you notice any spills, clean them promptly. Burnt-on residues can be harder to remove and might require special cleaning agents.

Be Mindful of Spillages

Clean spills promptly otherwise burnt-on residues can be harder to remove

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At Electrolux, we've always been inspired by the needs of our users, blending quality with innovation. Our range of stoves and hobs is a testament to this commitment, designed with the modern kitchen in mind. Here's a glimpse into what makes them special:

High-quality glass cooking surfaces

Our stoves and hobs come with glass surfaces that are not only pleasing to the eye but also designed for easy maintenance. We've taken care to ensure their durability, reducing the chances of scratches and ensuring they stand the test of time.

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Sensitive touch controls

We believe in simplicity. Besides traditional knobs, we also equip our cooktops with intuitive touch controls, allowing for precise adjustments with just a gentle touch.

Induction technology

Safety and efficiency are at the heart of our induction technology. It focuses heat directly under the pan, leaving the surrounding area cool to the touch. And those accidental spillages? They're less likely to become burnt-on residues.

Energy efficiency

We understand the importance of being eco-friendly. Our induction hobs not only heat up quickly but are also designed to be energy-efficient, letting you prepare your cherished dishes efficiently.

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