How To Care For Your Cast-Iron Skillets

Several years ago, before marriage and children, I had a roommate and she and I went to visit her grandparents. Her grandfather had a campfire in their backyard and all I could think was roasting marshmellows and S’mores, give me S’mores! That wasn’t the case at all. Her grandfather was seasoning cast-iron skillets. I had never heard of this before but I wasn’t much into cooking in those young years of my life. This grandfather told me to wipe the skillet completely with oil and lay it on a campfire. When it starts to have a red glow, it is being seasoned. The things we learn from our older generation is something to treasure and remember.

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Commandments for Caring for Cast Iron
The first commandment of cast-iron care is simple: respect the finish. Follow these rules.

  • Don’t leave a pan unattended on the stove.  Burned foods can ruin the finish.
  • Don’t use harsh abrasives, avoid soap, and never place your pan in the dishwasher.
  • Don’t put cast-iron pans away wet; dry them thoroughly.

Tip: After washing, dry your cookware immediately to ward off rust. Heat it on the stove over low heat for approximately 5 minutes. While the pan is still warm, rub or brush on a light coating of oil. Store in a cool, dry place.

Removing Rust from Your Cast-Iron Pan

Don’t let rust keep you away from your beloved pan; removing it just takes a little elbow grease. First, scrub the pan with a stiff-bristle brush and hot soapy water to remove any rust or buildup. Rinse well, and dry completely. Next, use a paper towel to rub a light coating of oil on the pan, inside and out. Place a sheet of aluminum foil or a rimmed baking sheet on the lower rack of your oven to catch drips. Place the oiled pan upside down on middle rack of the oven, and bake at 350° for approximately 1 hour. Turn off the oven, and let your pan cool in the oven. Repeat as necessary. Store in a cool, dry place.

Tip: Take it easy when applying oil to your pans for storing and seasoning. Using too much can result in a sticky residue. To remove any residue, heat your pan over medium heat. Using a folded paper towel or cloth, carefully rub in 1 tablespoon oil at a time until the surface is smooth.

Author: Vikki

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