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Cast iron cookware can last a lifetime if you care for it properly. Clean the cookware while it is still hot by rinsing with hot water and scraping when necessary. Don't use a scouring pad or soap; these can break down the pan's seasoning. Likewise, never store food in the cast iron pan as the acid in the food will breakdown the seasoning and the food will take on a metallic flavor. Store your cast iron cookware with the lids off, especially in humid weather. If you keep the pans covered, moisture can build up and cause rust. If rust does appear at any point, you'll need to re-season the pan.