There’s a lot to love about cooking with cast-iron. For starters, cast-iron is naturally nonstick and chemical-free (unlike many nonstick pans). When it comes to durability, nothing beats a cast-iron skillet. Preparing your food in cast-iron will also enrich your meals with iron, which is a big pro, considering how vital it is to our health. But with all of its benefits, cast-iron skillets have some cons, too. A downside is that they’re tough to clean — You can’t use typical dishwashing tools like soap or steel wool. But don’t let those minor obstacles deter you from the joys of cast-iron cooking. We’ll show you how to clean a cast-iron skillet step-by-step. We promise a little extra effort is well worth it.
How to Clean a Cast-Iron Skillet
Pro-Tip: Clean your skillet ASAP after using it.
The best time to clean your cast-iron skillet is immediately after you’ve used it. Don’t sleep on this! You’ll have the best results if you clean it before food particles have a chance to harden on the surface.
Step 1: Pour hot water into your skillet.
Step 2: Next, brush your skillet with a non-abrasive pad, such as a sponge or nonmetal brush.
Step 3: Rinse with water.
Step 4: Now, line the pan with kosher salt and add a splash of water. Scrub the pan with a wooden spoon to remove stubborn food particles without removing your skillet’s seasoning.
Step 5: Dry the skillet by setting it over the stove on low heat.
Step 6: Finally, add ½ teaspoon of vegetable oil and use a cloth or paper towels to coat the bottom of the skillet.
Hooray! Your cast-iron skillet is now clean. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
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