A cast iron pan is a must-have for your kitchen. Not only are cast iron pans versatile, but they really provide the best even-temperature cooking and flavoring.
I am such a fan, that I have several, but it’s the large one that I use the most — almost every day.
To care and clean these pans, soap and water is not the answer.
Enter today’s Quick Tip Friday.
After each use, simply wipe out the pan with paper towels. If there is some baked-on food that is stubborn and not coming off, simply sprinkle some coarse salt in the pan and gently rub it around with a sponge, not more abrasive than than the one pictured below. That is so important, as you don’t want to scratch the surface.
The ONLY time you should use soap on a cast iron pan is if there is rust accumulation on the pan. Simply squirt a small amount of a gentle soap, such as Dawn, in the pan and rub it over the rust, rinsing and repeating until rust is gone and rinsing water turns clear.
Once clean, pour about a teaspoon of vegetable oil in the pan and rub it in with a paper towel. Then store until the next use.
This proper care will keep rust away from your cast iron pans, and will prolong the life of the pans – which will pretty much be forever.
Enjoy today’s Quick Tip Friday!