The Right Method To Clean, Season, & Restore A Cast Iron Skillet

 

Natural cast iron is a hygienic and durable material and you can’t ask for more for delicious stews or fluffy, crispy and fragrant pancakes. It gains its nobility with age, like wine, leather, or Harrison Ford. However, the new cast iron behaves a bit like a child: it needs attention.
to clean
Always wash a cast iron skillet by hand, with dishwashing liquid if necessary. To remove food debris stuck to the bottom, use a lodge scraper. For stubborn residue, heat the bottom of the water directly in the pan, allow to cool and continue with a scraper. Lodge offers a full range of cleaning products for all of your cast iron cookware.
to dry
It is important to dry the cast iron skillet well after cleaning it with a tea towel or absorbent paper. A layer of seasoning can stain your kitchen towel black, and that’s perfectly normal. Just don’t do it with a handkerchief embroidered by your grandmother, you’ll go crazy. You can dry the pan in the oven or on the stove, if your grandmother embroidered all your napkins.
season
It is important to dry the cast iron thoroughly after cleaning it with a tea towel or absorbent paper. A layer of seasoning can stain your kitchen towel black, and that’s perfectly normal. Just don’t do it with a handkerchief embroidered by your grandmother, you’ll go crazy. You can dry the pan in the oven or on the stove, if your grandmother embroidered all your napkins.
Having a little rust on your stove is not a reason to panic. Very sticky seasonings can also be corrected. Follow these simple steps to freshen up your cast iron skillet, and you’ll be cooking with it for decades.
1. Rub the cast iron with a piece of steel wool.
2. Wash with hot water. Use soap if desired.
3. Dry the pan completely.
4. Cover the entire pan with a small amount of vegetable oil.
5. Placing aluminum foil on bottom rack of oven. Placing pan on top rack, face down.
6. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
7. Leave the pan for an hour. Let it cool in the oven.


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