Don’t ruin your cast iron pans. Learn how to clean cast iron the correct way.
Cast iron pans are an essential cooking tool in many kitchens. I love the taste that food has when cooked in cast iron pans. The fact that cooking in cast iron adds iron to your food is a pretty big bonus as well. Cleaning your cast iron pan can seem pretty daunting. I am here to tell you that it is pretty simple.
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The Don’ts To Cleaning Cast Iron
Using steel wool or soap will strip your cast iron pan of any and all seasoning that your pan has built up. Putting your cast iron pan through the dishwasher will also strip all of the seasonings off of it.
Most Important Tip
The most important part in making sure that your cast iron pan is properly cleaned is to clean it right away. Cleaning it while it is hot or at least warm, gives you your best chance at getting all of the stuff that may be stuck on it off. Leaving your cast iron pan to cool all the way or soak can cause it to rust.
Having the right brush can be the difference between properly cleaning your cast iron pan and getting frustrated with it. The perfect brush is very sturdy. You can even find several that are made just for cleaning your cast iron skillet.
Sometimes plain old scrubbing doesn’t take care of the stuck on food. If that is the case you can use kosher salt mixed with hot water. The salt and water mixture should almost resemble a paste.
Another way to loosen that stubborn food is to boil water in your cast iron pan.
Your best results will be found when you are using very hot water. Using dish gloves to protect your hands will help to keep you from burning yourself. You can also use a pair of tongs with a washcloth to keep your hands out of the hot water and off the hot pan.
Drying Your Cast Iron Pan
In order to ensure that your cast iron pan won’t rust, it is very important that you make sure it is completely dry. You can dry your cast iron pan one of two ways: first, you could dry it thoroughly using a towel or, secondly, you could place your cast iron pan on your stove and heat it up.
Seasoning Your Cast Iron Pan
After cleaning your cast iron pan it is best if you season your pan again. To season it you just add a tiny bit of oil (a teaspoon or less) and use a paper towel and rub the oil into the bottom and sides of your pan. Make sure that the whole surface is covered. Many people even cover the outside of the pan in oil as well.
Storing Your Cast Iron Pan
How your store your cast iron pan is just as important as making sure it is cleaned properly. In order to avoid rusting, you want to make sure that your pan is stored in a dry place as any sort of dampness may cause it to rust.
My Cast Iron Pan Is Rusted What Do I Do?
Thankfully, just because your cast iron pan is rusted it doesn’t mean it is no longer usable. Using a piece of steel wool on the rusted spots will help to remove them. You can also cut a potato in half, sprinkle baking soda on the rusted spots and rub with the potato.
Once you have cleaned the rusted spots off, make sure to completely dry your cast iron pan and then season it well.
Someone Used Soap on my Pan Now What?
Using soap on your cast iron pan doesn’t mean it is ruined. You will probably have to season it really well again before the next use but, the cast iron pan will be fine.
Between the many health benefits a person can get from cooking in cast iron pans and how easy they are to clean, every household should have at least one cast iron pan. Not to mention that the food tastes way better coming out of a cast iron pan.
I hope that this post has taught you how to clean your cast iron pans so you can use them for year and years to come. In the comments below, I would love to know how long ago did you get your first cast iron pan?
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