How To Clean A Cast Iron Skillet

How To Clean A Cast Iron Skillet
 

Having a cast iron skillet in your arsenal of kitchen tools is a great idea. Knowing how to clean the skillet is even better. I must admit, I stayed away from this precious pan for many years because I didn't understand what people meant when they said they had a skillet in their family for a hundred years and it had never been washed. Eww.

But now, I get it. You just have to clean it in a different way. It will sear anything like a dream for you, so it's nice to repay the favor with a little love.

Now these first steps are for an easier clean up, with more of a greasier residue left over from cooking.

You want to start with a coarse salt. I'm using sea salt here.

Pour about a Tablespoon of the salt into the pan and get ready to roll your sleeves up.

Use a paper towel to scrub away any stuck food particles. This is better than using soap because you wont damage the nonstick coating you've built over time.

Wipe away all the salt and grease. The salt will turn dark brown.

And ta da! Easy peasy. Store your skillet in a dry cool area, and you're ready for cooking.

Now here's another day where I was bad and didn't clean the pan for a couple days and I left it on the stove top when the oven was really hot. The food particles baked into the pan. But that's ok! I can just re-season it.

Do the same steps as above, but you can use hot water to loosen the food bits up first if you'd like.

This scrubbing step will take some work. This took me about 15 minutes. It might seem like a lot of time, but it's worth it instead of buying another pan.

The salt will change color and you'll most likely get some of the paper towel fibers in the mix from scrubbing.

Wipe it all up and this is what you'll get! You can see bits of the coating that I've developed chipped away, so now I just have to fix that.

Pour about a teaspoon of vegetable oil into the pan.

Wipe it around with a paper towel for an even layer.

Heat up your oven to 325°F, and bake this puppy for an hour. Wipe off any excess oil after it's out of the oven.

And ta da (again)! Your skillet is ready. It says thank you and can't wait to cook up the next meal with you!


How To Clean A Cast Iron Skillet

Paper Towels
Coarse Sea Salt
Vegetable Oil

Easy Clean Up

  1. Pour about a Tablespoon of course salt into the dirty skillet.
  2. Take a paper towel and use the salt as an abrasive to get out stubborn food bits.
  3. Wipe away all the salt and grease off the skillet. Store in a cool, dry place.

Hard Clean Up

  1. If needed, use hot water to loosen any food bits.
  2. Pour about a Tablespoon of course salt into the dirty skillet.
  3. Take a paper towel and use the salt as an abrasive to get out stubborn food bits.
  4. Wipe away all the salt and grease off the skillet. You'll know you need to re-season the pan when parts of the nonstick coating is missing.
  5. Coat the pan in vegetable oil, and bake for an hour in a 325°F oven.
  6. Wipe away any access oil.