Daily Care for Nambu Tekki Cast Ironware | Pot and Pan

History of Nambu Tekki Cast Ironware

Nambu Tekki is a traditional Japanese ironware founded in the Tohoku region during the Edo period (1803-1868). The origin of the craft can be traced back to the Nambu domain, an area now known as Iwate prefecture. It is said to have started when the tea adoring Nambu feudal lord invited craftsmen from Kyoto to develop iron tea kettles in the area. The Nambu Tekki craft thrived in cities like Mizusawa due to the wealth of natural resources available - including iron, sand, clay and lacquer.

About Nambu Tekki Cast Ironware

Nambu Tekki is renowned for its durability, heat retention and austere design. The iron is subject to various processes to prevent rusting, such as baking the ironware in charcoal to create an inner oxide film and further coating the surface with urushi lacquer. The Nambu Tekki craft has officially been certified as a Traditional Craftwork of Japan and it continues to be revered for its enduring beauty and practicality. Today, a wide range of contemporary and induction compatible designs are available to suit the modern day kitchen.

Seasoning Method

  • Cast ironware must be seasoned before first use to ensure that food does not stick to the pan surface.

  • First, wash with lukewarm water. Evaporate water and dry thoroughly by putting it on heat.

  • Use plenty of vegetable oil and cook vegetables. Let the oil soak into inner surface and dab pan with a cloth to spread a layer of oil.

Daily Care

  • Do not use in dishwasher.

  • After each use, rinse with water and remove any excess moisture with a dry cloth to prevent rust.

  • Use a natural soft bristled brush such as a tawashi to clean the ironware. Do not use a metal brush. A small amount of detergent may help to remove grease, but do not use it excessively as this may damage the inner enamel coating.

  • If overheating occurs, do not attempt to cool under cold water as the sudden change in temperature may cause the pan to break or crack.

  • Handle with care and do not drop as it may crack or break.