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How Do I Clean A Cast Iron Skillet?

Cast iron skillet

Cast iron skillets can be a fantastic addition to any chef’s cooking arsenal, but just like any tool, understanding how to take care of it is just as important as understanding how to use it. A big part of the value of a good cast iron skillet is the seasoning it builds up over time, so there are a few key no-no’s to avoid stripping it of all that flavor. Some key things to avoid: dishwashers, soap, and steel wool. Now, on to what you *should* do!

What You Need:

  • Kosher salt
  • Stove
  • Shortening or vegetable oil
  • Paper towels or a clean, dry cloth
  • Stiff brush or sponge

The Cleaning Process

  1. Don’t wait to clean your skillet. As tempting as it may be to let your skillet “soak” in the sink to clean up later, the sooner you clean it, the easier the job is. In fact, letting it soak in the sink could cause it to rust. You want to jump on the job while it’s still warm from the stove.
  2. Scrub, scrub, scrub away the grime. Start with the soft side of your sponge and warm water to clean off as much of the cooking debris as possible.
  3. Cleaning off the tough food residue. If there are any bits of food that won’t come off with a sponge, make a paste with your salt and a bit of water. You can also boil some water in the skillet to loosen it up and help with the clean.
  4. Let the skillet dry. Use a towel to dry off the skillet, or heat it up on the stove to get rid of any remaining moisture. Remember, leaving it to air dry could result in a rusty skillet.
  5. Oil up your skillet. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to apply a light coat of melted shortening or vegetable oil to the inside of the skillet. Wipe away any excess oil.

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