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Cleaning Cast Iron



To clean cast iron cookware use a dime sized amount of dish washing liquid along with a tablespoon of course salt and a few drops of water (use a damp papertowel or dish cloth). It scrubs thru stuck on particles and is less corrosive than using soap pads. Works on other dishes and cookware as well.

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  • Actually you should never really use soap in cast iron unless you are desperate to save the pan. Use salt and oil, rinse it out, wipe the remains with a paper towel (add more oil if necessary). Keeping your pan "seasoned" this way is why cast iron is virtually non-stick and so valuable, soap removes this layer making the pan likely to rust. - by RSTAR084
  • Additionally, I never use tomato products in my cast iron skillet either. The acid is not kind to the surface. - by HIKERJOHNSON
  • Use soap only if it is absolutely necessary, and never use steel wool. If you need to scrub, us a nylon scrubber. Reseason as necessary with a thin coat of oil and heat in a warm oven. - by IN_IT_2_WIN_IT
  • Like RSTAR I never use soap on my cast iron skillets...rinse if you need to and wipe out with paper towels. This keeps them well-seasoned and ready to use all the time. If you need to reseason a skillet rub it with shortening and place in a warm oven for a few hours. - by SUSANHGREENE
  • emoticon for the tip. - by FITNESSFREAK10
  • Thanks for the tip! - by RAINBOWMF
  • Will give this a try-thanks - by HAPPYMOM8

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