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How do you clean a cast iron skillet?

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asked Nov 5, 2015 in Home and Family by Madeline Argyle
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A cast iron is usually seasoned to create a non-stick surface and prevent rust in the long run. You need to take special care when cleaning the cast iron skillet in order to preserve this seasoning. It will help improve the durability and usage of the skillet. Here are important tips in cleaning a cast iron skillet.

1/ The first step is to rinse the skillet with hot water after cooking. The best time to clean the skillet is when the water is still hot. Take a wide spatula and gently scrape the bottom and sides of the skillet to remove remaining food particles. Do this while the water is still hot and boiling. But you need to do it lightly as too much contact will damage the seasoning of the skillet.

2/ Dump the dirty water in the sink. Use caution when transporting the skillet to the sink since it contains hot water. Wet a couple of paper towels and simply wipe the surface of the skillet. Apply a thin coating of vegetable oil into the bottom of the skillet. Wipe it with a paper towel. It will help turn the skillet's surface into a smooth and glossy finish.

3/ Store the skillet in a cool and dry place and cover the surface with a clean paper towel in order to prevent moisture from building up.




answered Nov 5, 2015 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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Cast iron is an excellent choice in cookware. Once it's properly seasoned it's easy to use and releases foods quickly. Here are the instructions for cleaning and seasoning your cast iron.


1. Clean the skillet immediately after use, while it is still hot or warm. Avoid soaking the pan or leaving it in the sink, or it may rust.


2. Wash the skillet by hand using hot water and a sponge or stiff brush. Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool, as these may strip the pan's seasoning.


3. To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and water. Stubborn food residue may also be loosened by boiling water in the pan.


4. Thoroughly towel dry the skillet or dry it on low heat over the burner or in an oven. 


5. Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a light coat of vegetable oil or melted shortening to the inside of the skillet. Some people also like to oil the outside of the skillet. Buff to remove any excess.


6. Store the skillet in a dry place.







answered Nov 7, 2015 by Countrymom (8,550 points)

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