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Old 01-09-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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If you don't use soap how do you know their aren't any lingering food debris waiting on multiply on your skillet and make you sick? I'm a bit of a soap whore I like my dawn amd bronners though I rarely use either on my cast iron (which is pretty new and not seasoned enough yet and driving me nuts sticking to every fracking thing) anyhow I know the whole salt scrub and whatnot but is it clean clean?

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Aaaaand could their be more grammer/spelling errors in my op? Geez thanks Samsung
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As long as there are no visible flecks I consider it clean. I figure putting it back on burner and then preheating will kill anything that might have hung around, and also the coconut oil I use to season between each use is an antibacterial.
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When I preheat I will usually add a little water, like half a cup, when it's hot and wipe it down with a towel. Clean as a whistle after that!
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DH usually deals with the dishes. But when I do them, I rinse well with water and scrub it with just water. If I notice anything "questionable", I'll use a little (literally one drop) of soap and re-wash. I dry it, oil it, put it on the burner to heat up. (or if the oven is hot I will dry well, oil, put in oven)
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Re: speaking of cast iron

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who wonders this. Everyone keeps telling me about how wonderful cast iron is, and I do have one skillet, but I end up never using it because I never really feel it's clean.
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Re: speaking of cast iron

I hear this all the time from people. Don't worry! You're heating it up, that'll kill anything that might otherwise make you sick!

From the lodge website:
"consider that cookware is 400F in 4 minutes on medium heat and is sterile at 212 F"
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Like others I just make sure there are no food particles left on it. Never thought to try coconut oil!!
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I scrub mine down with course salt and a brush to make sure all food particles are removed. Rinse, dry and HEAT on the stove top. The wipe with oil. The heat is enough to jul bacteria within a few minutes
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Re: speaking of cast iron

LOL, I didn't know you were not supposed to use soap and water on your cast iron pans until I saw a discussion here on DS. But that's how I've always done it and how I was taught to use them. My mom only cooked on cast iron, and Grandmas on both sides, and they are all big soap and water fans. They simply washed with soap and rinsed with water, dry off with a towel, set back on the burner set to low until the pan is dry, then add a little oil. Never unseasoned a well seasoned pan for us.

I have to look into all these other ways to clean them!
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