Is Cast Iron All You Need?
If it is, the question of How To Clean Cast Iron Skillets comes into play.
Let’s take a closer look. I know this from personal experiences, whatever you can cook in any other type pot or pan, can be cooked in cast iron. Plus, its even healthier cooked in cast iron!
But, then there’s the clean-up!
Well, If you’re ready… let’s dive into this question with both feet:
Durable and Longest-Lasting
First of all, cast iron skillets and dutch ovens certainly are some of the most durable and longest-lasting pans on the market. Because of this, they will last a lifetime when proper cleaning, care and maintenance is taken. For this reason, many cast iron cooking utensils have been around a very long time.
I know in my own family, some have been passed down from generation to generation. Heck, as crazy as this may sound, some pots and pans, I hear, have even been “willed” to their heirs.
How To Clean Cast Iron Skillets:
My first thought, though, besides a great recipe was, how to clean cast iron skillets? I had to ask myself this question. It’s actually a good question don’t you think? How do we clean cast iron?
Everyone seems to have their own opinions about cast iron pots and pans. How about you? Have you ever asked: Is Cast Iron Really All You Need?
How Then Shall We Clean:
So, if they last a long time, how to clean cast iron skillets is critical. Proper cleaning techniques vary from person to person, so it seems. Some folks say “don’t ever use soap” and some folks say it’s ok to “use soap” when cleaning cast iron.
But what should we actually do? Well, I’d say this, here’s what we say when it’s clean up time:
- Wash cast iron by hand with a nylon bristle scrub brush. If needed, use a pan scraper for stuck on bits.
- For extra sticky situations, simmer a little water for 1 minute, then use the scraper after cooled.
- Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
- Rub with a very light layer of cooking oil or our Seasoning Spray, preferably while the cookware is still warm.
- Hang or store cookware in a dry place.
Occasionally, you may notice some dark residue on your towel when cleaning. This is perfectly safe-it’s just the
seasoning reacting to foods that may be slightly acidic or alkaline. It will disappear with regular use and care.
Soap isn’t necessary, but if you like, a little mild detergent is fine. Promise.
There it is folks, right there in black and white. So, I believe I’m gonna go with what the manufacturers recommendations are! Besides that, my momma used a little soap to clean her skillet and if momma did it, I will too!!
Grease Is the Word:
No, we’re not talking about a movie here, but what we are talking about, is grease. Yes, grease is the word! After every cleaning, a thin coat of grease should be applied to your cast iron. How do we do that? Well, first, take the clean and dry skillet or pan and heat it up slightly. Now, you don’t want it super hot, but just warm enough you feel the heat coming off of it when you wave your hand over it.
What kind of grease you may be wondering. Well, for me, bacon makes everything better. So, it stands to reason, bacon grease would make my pan better. But, now to be fair here, it’s okay if you use vegetable oil, canola oil or olive oil.
Well, now let’s talk a little bit about the finish. That black shiny finish doesn’t just happen, but it does happen over time. Every time you properly clean your pots and skillets, we should lightly oil them.
Why? Two reasons. Number one, rust happens! Yes, rust happens on unprotected cast iron. And, secondly, added oil baked into the pan builds up a “patina’.
What in the world is patina? Well, it’s the slick, shiny black coating that give cast iron an almost non-stick effect. It’s what we want. It’s what we need to keep our cast iron pots and pans in great shape.
The bottom line is, if you take care of your cast iron, your cast iron will take care of you! Then, if someone asks you, Is Cast Iron All You Need, you can answer confidently with a hearty…YES IT IS!!
If they ask you how to clean cast iron skillets, you can tell them. Or, better yet, you can show them.
We wish you many happy meals and many success in cast iron cooking!!
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