Do you have a cast iron pan? 🍳 How do you clean yours?

First rule of cast iron pans is to not use soap. A mild soap is ok for occasional use (like Castile soap or something), but I don’t recommend this as it can mess with the seasoning, and some have said it makes food taste soapy.

This is how I maintain mine.

1. I pour salt into my pan and gently scrub.

2. Then rinse well, scrubbing with salt again if needed.

3. Dry gently and slightly with a towel.

4. Then heat on the stove until completely dry.

5. Next I coat with an oil that has a high smoke point. (I use olive oil or coconut oil.) I leave the pan on low heat for 5-10 minutes.

6. Then turn off the heat, carefully and gently wipe any excess oil with a paper towel and allow to cool.

7. I store my cast iron in the oven, even when I use the oven to bake something else.

When I am diligent, my eggs don’t even stick. But I’ve found the key to food not sticking is to heat the pan well before adding the food. If I do have food that sticks and won’t wipe off, I add a little water and boil on the stove for a couple minutes to loosen the food. Then rinse and add the salt to scrub. However, do not allow water to sit in the pan to soak, it will rust the pan quickly. This happened to me when my parents cleaned my kitchen years ago.

I love using my cast iron, but they can just be a pain to clean sometimes, compared to just tossing my stainless cookware into the dishwasher. 😉 They are worth the investment though. Bonus is the benefit of getting added iron in your diet which is great if you are deficient. If you have too high of iron levels, you may want to consult your doctor before cooking with cast iron.

What are your cast iron pan tips?

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