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The key thing about this wok is that it comes coated with a lacquer coating that is there to protect from rusting in the store. You have to take off this coating, season the wok, and then keep it seasoned or it will rust. It's very much like the care of a cast iron pot. Here's the skinny from the IMUSA website: How to Season Wok before Use: 1.Wash outside & inside of wok with warm soapy water, using an abrasive scrubber (stainless steel sponge or pad). It is very important to scrub extensively to remove the manufacturer’s clear protective coating (applied to prevent rusting). 2.Rinse completely and dry thoroughly. 3.Place wok on stove-top over high heat (1-2 minutes) 4.Remove wok from stove-top. Turn temperature to medium-low. 5.Add a thin film of oil (about 1 ½ teaspoons) over the entire inside surface of wok. You can use a paper towel or basting brush to rub the oil over the surface. 6.Place wok back on stove-top and heat on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. 7.Wipe off the oil with another paper towel. There will be black residue on the towel. 8.Repeat steps 5 through 7 until no black residue comes up on paper (about 3 times). The wok is now ready to use. A well-seasoned wok will be brown on the bottom and side walls – eventually building non-stick properties over time. Season and keep oiled after each use, and eventually your wok will look and work great! Four stars because not the most durable as it's made of thin carbon steel.
I have been looking for this stainless steel wok to prepare healthy dishes! Once the wok is seasoned, all of the foods prepared in the wok have the best taste and is most convenient for preparing all meals on the stove top. I could not have asked for a better product as I venture into healthy cooking!
I ordered this wok because of the generous size described, compared to others that were only 10inches. I've never used this brand before so I took a huge risk. I cooked in this wok on Thursday evening and washed it as normal; the food came out great. However, as I washed I realized the coating on the inside began to peel off. At first I thought I'd forgotten to remove a protective plastic. This would not have made any sense since I'd already cooked. I washed as best as I could and towel dried the wok. By Friday morning, I looked inside the wok and it was totally rusted!! Horrible experience. I packed it right back in the box and returned to Macy's that weekend. Very disappointing.
I have been looking for a wok for years , I have not used it as yet but I am looking forward to it. I am sure is will be one of my best buys.
I was so excited to get this wok. We had it on our wedding registry. We attempted to season it and the coating came off. Now the inside of out wok looks rusty. I didn't want to use any further didn't want that plastic coating in my food. The wok I wanted so much turned into a horror story.
right now I cook five days a week and enjoy the food
The trick to using this wok the correct way is you must season it. You can find directions online for seasoning your carbon steel wok. This is the only kind of wok I have used for the past thirty years, I just replaced the old one and passed it on to my daughter.
After using this only 3 times, the coating starting coming off and it rusts all over on the inside!