How Do You Clean a Cast Iron Pan?

Whether it’s a brand new cast iron skillet or one you’ve picked up from a garage sale, you may be wondering, “How do you clean a cast iron pan without ruining it?!” Here’s what you need to know!

Clean cast iron pans with hot water (and maybe a little soap) - You should clean your skillet while it’s still warm; at this point, hot water and a sponge may be all you need to clean off any food residue.


Remove stuck-on messes the right way - Still having trouble cleaning your cast iron pan? Another option is to use some salt with oil to create a paste that will remove the gunk. 


Dry with paper towels - Unless you want to ruin your nice kitchen towels, you’ll want to dry your cast iron pans with paper towels.


Season - Seasoning is another term for oil bonding, which helps prevent rusting when you cook and allows your food to release more easily. Even pre-seasoned pans can use extra protection.


The good news is that once you get the hang of it, cleaning a cast iron pan is no more difficult than dealing with any other cookware—it’s just a bit different.

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