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How to Clean Your Cast Iron Skillet

How to Clean Your Cast Iron Skillet

Do you want to know how to clean your cast iron skillet? Here you go! 🙂

Cooking with cast iron has many advantages.  Here is an article that states 10 good reasons to try cast iron cooking.  I have been using my cast iron skillets more often lately and I wish I had started sooner.  One of the issues that kept me from doing more of it was my food sticking but I just needed to use it more so it would be seasoned properly.  Now it works GREAT; even eggs don’t stick.  That is the true test!  The other issue was cleaning it. Have you wondered like I did how to clean your cast iron skillet? It seemed a hassle to pull out oil every time and rub it in.  It really isn’t though!  I love that it washes so quickly and wiping the oil on it really takes less than a minute.

So! How to wash it without harming the seasoning or letting it rust?

I cooked ground beef in this pan and this is as dirty as it got.

Just run some hot water in it and rub it with a cloth until it is clean.

I put them on the towel only long enough to wash the other one and pick up a towel.  You do not want them to sit wet; they could rust.  It is better to let them sit dirty than wet.  Dry them thoroughly.

Put just a dab of vegetable oil in them and rub gently with a paper towel until they are totally covered with a thin layer of oil.  They can get goopy and sticky if you use too much.  Just rub it off if you do.

And that is it!  They are clean and ready to go for the next time. 🙂



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Aunt Liz

Saturday 1st of April 2017

My dad gave me an iron skillet before I was married 53 years ago, saying, "Every cook needs to have an iron frying pan." My special memory of him: Frying salt mackerel and "raw fries" (potatoes) in his iron skillet on Sunday mornings before we would go to church. Sad to say, I never "caught on" to the use of it till a couple years ago. Now it sits by my stove and gets used almost every day.


Saturday 8th of April 2017

I love that you are using it now! You must think of him when you cook in it! :)