Cast Iron Care 101
While I’m in Philadelphia, my mother-in-law Wendy shows me how to properly clean a cast iron skillet. I only own one of these at home – it’s a small one, so I only use it occasionally, to toast nuts or grill one sandwich or egg. Wendy owns three of them and they’re pretty much all she uses to cook.
- Allow cast iron pan to cool before cleaning.
- Wash with a chainmail scrubber and water – no soap!
- Dry the pan thoroughly with paper towels. Do not use a dish towel; they might get stained. Make sure no wet spot is left behind, or you’ll have a rusty skillet!
- Use a drop of oil (Wendy uses vegetable oil) and another paper towel to rub it all in.
- Use 100% organic flaxseed oil! Apparently other types of oil make the cast iron vulnerable to scratches. Flaxseed will do the opposite, resulting in a hard finish.
- I heard from a few people that it’s okay to use soap on cast iron – the problem is letting it soak in the sink.
- Dry the pan out by heating it on the stove, then rub in the oil to help it absorb. This will also reseason it.
- Never put the cast iron in the dishwasher or use steel wool.
Video: How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet