How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
There are do’s and don’ts when it comes to how to clean a cast iron skillet. It is important that you pay attention to these simple instructions so as not to damage your cast iron skillet. If you follow these steps on how to clean a cast iron skillet, you will be able to keep your pan clean, rust-free and well-seasoned.
- Clean warm water
- Small plastic scraper
- Sponge, stiff brush and plastic scrubbie
- Clean dry cloth or paper towel
- Vegetable oil or shortening
- Kosher salt (optional)
Instructions on how to clean a cast iron skillet:
It is best to clean your cast iron skillet when after use, when it is still a bit warm. Put the skillet in clean, warm water. Use a small plastic scraper, stiff brush or sponge to remove stuck on food. You can also make a paste of salt and water, then scrub the paste on the bottom of the pan to remove stuck on food. If you have stubborn food residue that won’t come off the skillet, try boiling some water in the pan to loosen the food.
Once the skillet is clean, towel dry the inside. You can also put the skillet on a stove burner on low, but do not leave the pan unattended.
After the skillet is dry, pour a small amount of vegetable oil or melted shortening in the skillet and rub it around with a clean paper towel. This is to re-season the pan.
If you have rust in your cast iron skillet, you can use a bit of steel wool, but you will have to re-season the pan afterwards. You can also clean the rust by rubbing the cut side of a potato and a sprinkle of baking soda on the bottom of the skillet. Rinse well with warm water the re-season the pan.
Do’s and Don’ts on how to clean a cast iron skillet:
Do wash your cast iron skillet after use, when it is still warm.
Do store your skillet in a dry place.
Do re-season your cast iron skillet as needed.
Don’t use dishsoap.
Don’t soak your cast iron pan in water. (This may cause the skillet to rust.)
Don’t put your cast iron skillet in the dishwasher.
Don’t use steel wool as this may strip the seasoning from the skillet.
Now that you know how to clean a cast iron skillet, you can treat yours properly to ensure cooking (and eating) enjoyment for many years!