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Tuesday’s Tip -How To clean And Care For Cast Iron

Talking Cast Iron Skillets-How to care for them. I own cast iron cookware and have for years. Many people want to know how to clean them and take care of them. This is what I’m sharing with you today. You might also like Cooking Tips For The Chef In Your Hone

Here are a few simple techniques, that will enable you to be able to keep your skillet clean, rust-free, and well-seasoned.

  • What you will need (besides your cast iron skillet) are:
  • paper towels
  • shortening (like crisco)
  • Salt (kosher) Optional

Make sure to always clean your skillet after every use. Preferably while it is still warm.You do not want to soak the pan as it can rust.

Wash your pan with water and a sponge. Don’t use dish detergent or steel wool. These are too harsh and strip your pan of the seasoning.

If you have stuck on pan (which usually doesn’t happen if seasoned and taken care of properly) then use a paste of kosher salt and water and use a stiff brush.

Note: I have put my pan on the stove and boiled some water in it to loosen up stuck on food. When you let it cool the stuck on food should wipe right out.

You now need to dry your pan. There are two ways you can do this. Paper towels (make sure it’s completely dry) or put it on a burner on low heat and let it dry that way.

Last thing you’ll need to do is to get a paper towel or two and lightly coat you skillet with shortening (I like crisco) Rub generously and wipe away any excess. Place your cast iron either on a burner or in an oven and cook/bake until the cookware is smoking. Then remove, let cool and store in a dry place.

Note: If you do choose to use water soap or an abrasive on your cast iron. Just remember to re-season it. If it is well seasoned and taken care of properly it will last for years. Most likely a lifetime. I’ve had mine for more than thirty years.
Note 2: You can also remove rust from your skillet by using either a raw potato and a little baking soda or you could use a steel wool scrubber.But again you will need to re-season it.

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