Cooking with a cast-iron skillet is awesome for a lot of reasons. For starters, cast iron is naturally nonstick and chemical-free (unlike many nonstick pans). When it comes to durability, cast iron can’t be beaten. Cast iron will also enrich your food with additional 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. The most common reservations people have with cast-iron skillets is that they’re heavy and tough to clean — you can’t use typical dishwashing go-to’s 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 bit of 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 cooked in 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 unseasoning your skillet.
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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