Cast Iron Seasoning
Our blend of beeswax with carefully selected oils forms a perfect hard, durable coating to protect and extend the life of your cast iron pans, while making non-stick cooking and cleanup easy.
And we went the extra mile with this blend, matching our pure New Zealand beeswax with New Zealand grown sunflower, rapeseed and olive oils to give you a premium seasoning that is 100% natural, 100% local, and 100% GMO free.
To season new or used cast iron pans
First, if you are restoring an older pan, scrub thoroughly with steel wool and soap to remove any rust, then wash and dry thoroughly.Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F.
Warm your pan gently on the stovetop until the wax blend melts on contact, but the pan is still able to be handled.
Take a pea-sized piece of the wax blend and allow it to melt in the pan. With a soft cloth or paper towel, spread the wax blend to apply a thin layer to the pan, making sure to coat all surfaces inside and out, and don't forget the handle.
Buff away any excess wax.
Place in hot oven upside down for 40 minutes. The seasoning will smoke as it heats - this is part of the polymerisation process and should be expected.
Allow to cool in oven.
Reapply 3-5 times to build a good seasoning base.
Once your pan is properly seasoned, this process won't need to be repeated unless the seasoning is damaged.
Maintaining your cast iron pans
After cooking, wash your pan as usual, preferably while still warm.
Dry your pan thoroughly, and place on a warm element to ensure no water remains.
While the pan is warming on the element, apply a small amount of the wax blend to the cooking surface with a paper towel and buff away any excess. Allow the pan to heat until smoking, then turn off the heat and let the pan cool slowly.
For a more detailed guide to seasoning and caring for your cast iron cookware, read our blog post.
We will always do our best to send your order out within 2-3 working days. Occasionally we may need to make your products to order, so if you need an something in a particularly tight timeline, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call on 06 876 8852 and we'll do our best to help.
Delivery Costs and Timelines
$7 within urban areas, $9 to rural areas. (2-3 working days after dispatch) Free delivery on orders over $100.
We currently send via Courierpost.
Australia & Rest of World:
Sadly, due to rising costs of international delivery and extended delivery delays, as of 3 November 2020 we have removed our international shipping option.
We hope to resume international deliveries when the situation improves, but for now we believe this is our only option to avoid disappointment to customers.
International Orders and Bee Products
Different countries have different rules around importation of natural products, and it's common for beeswax not to be allowed in order to protect the health of their local bees. We get it. After all, Kev and I (Dee) are beekeepers, first and foremost.
HOWEVER, we have very tight biosecurity and good bee health here in New Zealand, and as many of our products are a blend of beeswax, tree resin and other oils, there is no risk they will ever end up being used directly in a beehive, as a block of pure beeswax might.
Therefore we've had no problem with border restrictions, and as at the date of writing this, our products have been sent without problem to Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, and a dozen other countries .
Some countries may have various border or import charges - please note that you will be responsible for any such charges.
Route Shipping Insurance
At checkout you'll see the option to purchase Route shipping insurance on your order.
It's usually a very small cost, and Route is underwritten by Lloyds of London, so you can trust them to pay for a replacement for your order if it is lost for any reason.
We don't think this insurance is really necessary in New Zealand, so feel free to untick if you like, but we highly recommend it for international orders, as these travel via untracked airmail (tracked is about four times the price!).
What about packaging? Do you use plastic?
We're committed to eliminating plastic wherever we can - the clear bags our kits are packaged in are NOT plastic. They are genuine cellophane, made from vegetable cellulose and are fully biodegradable and home compostable.
And we're very happy to announce that the black courier bags we use are also NOT plastic! They are made from plants (mostly corn I believe), and are fully biodegradable, and home compostable. And, a little oddly, they smell like fresh toast, or maybe popcorn!
It's not just plastic we're about reducing though - You'll see on our naked DIY blocks you have the option to buy without packaging, and on every one of our ready-made wrap pages we encourage customers to let us know if they don't need individual packaging on the wraps.
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I used the product to season the following :
- a cast Iron Dutch Oven
- A cast Iron Fry Pan
- A carbon Steel French skillet
- A paella pan also carbon steel
None of the above were new, first off with the Cast Iron ones, I left them in the oven on the oven cleaning cycle which burnt off all the old seasoning and crud build up , this showed up some underlying rust which I scoured off using a Sabco scouring pad and a heavy duty green scourer.
I then did one light coat of Dees bees on each item and baked them one at a time in turn in my Webber BBQ at max heat for 1 hr and let them cool down.
I repeated the deed bees treatment 3 times for each item. the cast iron looks fantastic as does the carbon steel, by the second time I cooked with them they were pretty much non stick.
Tip : do not wash the pans with detergent, use hot water and wipe them down, it is important the pans build up the oils , the more you use them the better they get. Very impressed. The rust has not returned and the surfaces have after a couple of uses become almost non stick.
I can recommend Dees Bees
Been using cast iron for years, this us the best seasoning I have ever come across.
Our old cast iron skillet was a little worse for wear but this seasoning has done the trick and made it good as new.
awesomely great service, lovely to deal with- totally recommend
Cast Iron Seasoning
Very pleased with the product
Great product that does what it says!
This product made my cast iron pans a joy to use and has changed the way I cook with them. I just followed the instructions and found it works a treat.
Cast Iron Seasoning
Fantastic, I have a cast iron slow cooker, and this product is so good on it