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How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

Alright, it requires maintenance... You can’t just throw it in the dishwasher and forget about it, but with proper care, your cast-iron cookware will last a lifetime or more.

What You Need

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Sponge or stiff brush 
  • Clean, dry cloth or paper towels
  • Vegetable oil or shortening
  • Kosher salt (optional)

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Clean the skillet immediately after use, while it is still hot or warm. Don’t soak the pan or leave it in the sink because it may rust.
  2. Gently scrub the pan using mild dish soap, hot water, and a non-abrasive sponge
  3. To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and water. Then rinse or wipe with a paper towel. Stubborn food residue may also be loosened by boiling water in the pan.
  4. Rinse it and then dry it completely with a dish towel. To be sure all of the moisture evaporates you can also dry it on the stove over low heat (200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. Once dried, using a dry cloth or paper towel, coat the pan in a very thin layer of  vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside of the skillet.
  6. Store the skillet in a dry place. It’s now ready for your next cooking experience!

 The most important thing to remember about cast iron is that it can’t go in the dishwasher or stay in a sink full of water overnight, as it will rust. 

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