Nothing is as sad as a wok losing its matte texture and looking overly dry. Here is what you can do to help your wok:
- Rinse out the wok with hot water and remove loose food with a scrub brush (or steel wool if you want a full reset).
- Heat the wok for 15 minutes using high heat. Move the wok every 2-3 minutes to make sure each area of the wok gets as hot as possible. The wok should start out smoking but then stop after any moisture and or impurities burn off.
- Let the wok cool.
- Turn the heat on low, apply a tablespoon of neutral oil (we prefer bran oil) and using a paper towel rub the oil over all surfaces of the wok*. Continue adding oil to maintain an oily surface without adding enough oil to allow it to pool for 15 minutes.
- Wipe away excess oil to leave a dry, blue black matte finish.
Feel free to repeat these steps until you get the texture you would like.
*If you are worried about burning your hand we recommend grabbing the paper towel with some kitchen tongs.